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Facility To Be Named In Honor Of Bob Brennan

By Staff | Jun 9, 2016

For years, the football field on 11 th Street just west of Lawler has been known as the “old Emmetsburg football field.” Countless football contests since the early 1930’s have been played on the turf, featuring hundreds of local players during its heyday. But soon, the field will have an official name, honoring a long-time supporter of Emmetsburg athletics at all levels.

With the City of Emmetsburg purchasing the former high school/middle school football field several years ago for use by the city recreation department’s E-Hawk Flag Football program, as well as Emmetsburg Middle School football games, the E-Hawk Flag Football program has taken over the maintenance of the field to provide top-notch facilities for the program.

Over the years, countless individuals have volunteered time and funds to support the E-Hawk Flag Football Program, including the late Bob Brennan, not only through financial support, but also through his children participating in the program over the years.

Brennan operated Brennan Construction from the late 1960’s until his retirement in 2006, where he employed hundreds of young men not only teaching them construction but also the value of moving on and obtaining their college education. Bob also volunteered his time for many community groups and projects, including membership on the Emmetsburg Volunteer Fire Department, as well as the Emmetsburg Jaycees, Emmetsburg Booster Club and was elected to serve for 20 years as a Palo Alto County Supervisor.

Brennan donated time, labor and material to the Emmetsburg Track Project and the Five Island Dredging Project and also helped rebuild the shelter houses in Soper Park. He also assisted with the Field of Dreams Concession and Storage Building and also helped with many projects in the community’s parks, schools and church facilities over the years.

“Dad believed in helping other people,” Rick Brennan noted. “He not only believed this but he lived it by helping many young men learn a trade and the value of hard work. He also taught his children to value their community. By donating his time and leading community efforts, that was something he was very happy to do and it taught his children all the benefit in giving back.”

But the elder Brennan not only was involved in the Emmetsburg community he also had a long history with the field as well, dating back to his youthful days.

“Our family has a history with the field that stretches back generations,” explained Rick Brennan. “Our Dad played his high school football there in the late 1950’s for Emmetsburg Catholic High School, excelling on the undefeated Irish football team of 1959. He then continued his football career on the same field for the former Emmetsburg Community College. Our grandfather Emmet Brennan parked cars at the field for many years for football games as well. The legacy we have continued with the E-Hawk Flag Football program hopefully carries on their tradition and love of the sport of football.”

To pay tribute to the memory of Bob Brennan, a proposal was submitted by the Brennan family: Mary C. Brennan and her children, daughters Lori Brennan Riley and Katie Brennan-Tzen and sons Bob Brennan Jr., Rick Brennan and Jeff Brennan, to the Emmetsburg Parks and Recreation Board and City Council to name the football field “Bob Brennan Field”. In late May, the proposal received approval from the Parks Board, and a sign to show the new name will be erected in ceremonies set for Saturday, June 25, in conjunction with a day of activities being sponsored by the E-Hawk Flag Football program.