HOBART | It happened to Elvis. Then, to Pee Wee Herman. And even folks like Leonardo DiCaprio.
Going from a relative nobody to a nationwide star has happened for centuries. And now it's happened to Hobart's Nicholas Bokun.
He's become a viral mega-freak in the sports world over the past two weeks.
When you look at this video of "The Catch" Bokun made in Week 2 against LaPorte, you won't believe it. It can be seen at Bob Guerrero's New Concept Video Sports out of Hobart.
It can be viewed at http://www.newconceptvideosports.com/nicholas-bokun-catch-of-the-year-ncvs-2/.
This thing is blowing up at a Honey Boo Boo pace.
Yahoo.Sports has it up. It's all over ESPN, more than Chris Berman. Even my least favorite human on the planet, ESPN's Keith Olbermann, has shown a clip of this insane grab.
Bokun went deep on a pass from Andrew Barras. A Slicer defender got between Bokun and the ball, so the Brickie senior put his arms around the back of the defensive back and caught the ball.
The only sad thing about this great story is it was ruled incomplete even though he did catch it. Pass interference was called. But I have to tip my cap to the ref.
If I was in zebra stripes and running in to see it I would've called it incomplete, too. My mind would've told me there's no way he caught that ball.
"I couldn't see the ball," Bokun said. "I just put my hands out right when the ball came in. It just happened to be there at the right time."
It ended up on YouTube. Then, USA Today. And the Bleacher.Report and many others. ESPN's SportsNation has it up as "The Catch of the Year."
Bokun's going to have his own reality show soon. I hope he has an Uncle Si.
"I have everything on TV recorded," Bokun said. "I was completely stunned when it blew up like this."
Hobart coach Ryan Turley has been just as shocked. But also just as happy. Bokun has been making big plays on and off the field. It's just the one caught on video that has the nation buzzing right now.
Turley played for Don Howell back in the days when a game tape took four months and three birds poking at film on Flintstone Avenue before you could see grainy film.
But a new rule was passed this year where coaches can show video to players on the sidelines. It is something the Brickies have been implementing into their Friday nights.
Time out. Hey guys, look at this. Indiana's game is changing quicker than Dennis Rodman leaving North Korea in a few months.
"We were watching it right after the game while the guys were showering," Turley said. "It was put on YouTube and it had 2,000 hits in a couple of hours. It's crazy."
Guerrero thought it was crazy that ESPN was calling him to get permission to show "The Catch."
With all the speed-of-light insanity in the world today, Bokun is keeping his feet on the ground. That, too, is refreshing.
"I'm still me," Bokun said. "My friends are still my friends. I'm not going to change. It has been cool. Never in my life would I ever have thought I would do something like this."