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Livermore’s Nuddleman gears up to serve country

Eli Nuddleman warms up for a game against Amador Valley on March 20, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Eli Nuddleman warms up for a game against Amador Valley on March 20, 2021. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Livermore senior linebacker Eli Nuddleman was always drawn to the military.

He loved the country. He loved Freedom of Speech. He loved the idea of serving his country.

So, after a storied football career comes to a close with the Cowboys here this spring, he will join the Marines, adding to a family legacy in the military with both of his grandparents also serving at one point.

“I’ve always had pride in America and just all the facts and our Freedom of Speech and everything,” Nuddleman said. “It’s always been something I just always had a passion for.”

Success is also steeped in Nuddleman’s blood, as ever since his parents had him begin his career on the gridiron in second grade, Nuddleman’s trajectory was one to help change the course of Livermore football.

Nuddleman grew up going to Livermore games, sitting on the right side of the bleachers. He dreamed of leading the program to new heights.

As a Cowboy, that’s exactly what Nuddleman has done.

Last year, Nuddleman was part of Livermore’s best team in years, going 6-5 overall – its first winning season in the MaxPreps era, which dates back to 2004 – and finishing in second place in the East Bay Athletic League Valley Division. Nuddle recorded 120.5.5 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 tackles for loss. 

“Just trying to be in every tackle,” Nuddleman said. “Everyone on our team last year even, I’m sure if everyone else on our team counted their stats it would be something similar to me. Everyone, just trying to be in every tackle, just trying everything you can every game.”

Turn forward to his senior year, and Nuddleman is enjoying the sport more than he ever has.

Livermore is 4-1 and amidst one of its best campaigns ever. Sits in second place in the East Bay Athletic League Valley Division. Its defense is allowing 12.2 points per game. 

“I’m just having way more fun this year,” Nuddleman said. “Last year, I was really in a battle to try to get recruited and all that. And now I just want to have fun. I’m going into the Marines, so I don’t care too much towards it. But I’m just enjoying football a lot more now.”

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