New semi-pro football team takes the field in Madisonville

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MADISONVILLE, (KBTX) - The chin straps are snapped, the whistles blow and practice has commenced at Madisonville City Park.

No, this isn't the Madisonville high school team. This football squad puts age before beauty and football before that. Meet the Madisonville Broncos, the Brazos Valley's newest football team.

The team, which includes everything from former college players to players that haven't suited up since high school, will participate in the Texas United Football Association.

"Getting out there, its one of the best feelings in the world," said Broncos quarterback Andre Sims.

For Sims, who played a large role in organizing the team, seeing it come to fruition is the culmination of three years of yard work.

"Its more than just football, its family. My stepson is on the team, and one of the biggest things for me was how cool it would be to line up on the football field with him," Sims said.

"Just to be able to put the pads on, it felt good," said center Trevor Henderson. "It feels like something I haven't done in awhile, which I haven't."

However, for these Broncos, its more than just wins and losses. The team has formed a brotherhood and strives to give back.

"We fed at the house of hope in Madisonville on Thanksgiving and we had 26 of the 42 guys on the roster show up," Sims said. "We want to use this (the team) to be a tool to get involved in the community."

"We're looking to build memories with each other and have something to tell our kids about," said wide receiver Jacorey Gilbert. "We're pretty excited to be a part of it."

The Broncos will play all their home games at Madisonville High School. They'll hit the field for the first time January 14th when they host San Antonio.