Brothers on and off the field

Libby Arnold , Sports Editor

A sibling bond is something special that cannot be replaced. The Volk brothers have that special bond and they all share a common passion: football.

Senior Josh Volk, junior Ryan Volk and freshman Ben Volk all are a part of the Xavier football program. 

“Football has always been a big part of our lives,” Ryan said. “It has taught us a lot of life lessons.”

All three brothers are following in the footsteps of their dad, Ed Volk, who played football at Coe College. 

“We get our passion for football from our dad. He is always there for us to ask questions about football,” Josh said. “He also coaches 8th grade football for the Regis and Lasalle football teams.”

Josh and Ryan are on varsity together and Ben plays on the sophomore team as a freshman.

“I  enjoy  being on the same team as Ryan. We both wish we could play together one more season, but we will not be able to due to injury,” Josh said. “I am going to miss Ben and Ryan next year.”

Through ups and downs, the Volks have bonded together.

“Ben and Ryan were always there for me after my surgery and the following days after. Now, Ben and I are there for Ryan as he recovers from surgery,” Josh said. 

Ryan is recovering from ankle surgery in September 2019. Josh is also still recovering from ACL surgery from November 2018.

“All the injuries we have faced, we faced them together as brothers,” Josh said. 

Their sibling bond has been a benefit on and off the field. 

“I look up to both my brothers to become a better person and athlete,” Ben said. “If I ever need any help, they are always there for me.” 

The Volks’ Saturdays and Sundays are filled with the passion that brought them together, football.

“Every Saturday and Sunday we watch football and spend time together,” Ben said. 

Their passion for football has strengthened their bond, but nothing has strengthened it as much as being there for each other in the good and the bad.