Before Big Spring senior Chris Nunez signed his letter of intent to play football at West Texas A&M University in front of a foyer packed with family, friends and classmates, Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Phillip Ritchey had a few remarks about his success.
“I challenge any future athletes who are going to be seniors that have the goal and the desire to go to the next level to work hard in class, to be a good student and to be a good citizen,” Ritchey said. “That's what it takes to carry on. Chris, we're very proud of you, we're very happy for you. This is a big step that comes with a lot of responsibility. You're going to represent us — all of us — if you look around this is a big deal. You'll be a Big Spring Steer for life.”
Nunez was awarded All-District honors his junior year for his work on the gridiron and All-District and All-State as a senior. A tuba player, Nunez was also an All-State band selection. The future finance major said WTAMU seemed like a good fit for both his athletic and academic careers.
“It's really exciting,” Nunez said of the signing. “I went over to the visit and I just liked the environment. The people were nice. I've continued to better myself and I need to make sure that I'm bettering myself in college. When I went over (to WTAMU), it just seemed like a family.”
Nunez hopes he is remembered at Big Spring for his hard work in athletics and beyond.
“I want my legacy to be that I put everything I could into the team,” Nunez said. “I'm a team player, I'd rather not play just for myself, but for the team.”
Rick and Patricia Nunez couldn't be happier about their son's future plans.
“My wife and I are really proud of him,” Rick Nunez said. “It's one of those things where you expect your kids to do the right thing. He took the time and visited schools, he chose it very carefully. He was very impressed with West Texas A&M. He's all-around, he's athletic at everything, we're extremely proud of him.”
WTAMU is also excited to have Nunez aboard. He was offered a partial sports scholarship to help pay the cost of tuition.