By Kevin Eickman
There will be four new members entering the 12th Man Gridiron Club Hall Of Fame on Friday, September 11, during halftime at the first Milford High School home football game. MilfordLIVE. com will be taking the opportunity to get to know the inductees over the summer as this week we feature 1980 Milford graduate Jeffery Bieber.
Jeffery Bieber had an outstanding career at Milford, playing both running back and linebacker. While playing on defense, Bieber was known for his heads up play and nose for the ball. While playing for the Buccaneers, Bieber earned his varsity letter three times. In addition he was selected as the 1980 Milford Athlete of the Year.
In addition to football, Bieber also wrestled while at Milford. He was was runner up for the state title as a sophomore and came back to claim the championship as a senior. “It took a lot of hard work just to get back, to win it was something very special,” said Bieber.
In both football and wrestling, Bieber was aided by the coaching of Jack Simon. When reflecting on the type of athlete Bieber was, Simon had a great deal of praise for him. “Jeff was someone who put everything he had into whatever sport he was playing,” stated Simon. “Everything he did, he was 100 percent committed to, those are the kind of athletes that are an absolute pleasure to coach.” Besides just being a good athlete, Bieber brought other qualities to the field as well. “He was a natural leader on the field, he knew what he was doing and the other players knew it too.”
As a Buccaneer, Bieber really enjoyed the team and community aspect of it all. “I just like the whole idea of playing football, especially for Milford,” Bieber said. “I took a great deal of pride in being able to represent the community that I was so close to.”
When asked about being named to the Hall of Fame, Bieber shared the same sentiment that many before him had. “I am very honored by it, this is something you don’t even think about, let alone expect,” stated Bieber. “It’s a thrill to be chosen for such an honor.”
Speaking about his favorite memory while a Buccaneer, Bieber was quick to harken back to his final game. In the annual Battle of the Bell, Milford had made a late comeback to take the lead but Lake was driving for what looked to be the winning score. “I had been injured earlier in the game and I was at less than 100% and Lake was coming at me,” Bieber recalled. “They were at about our 20 yard line when I read the play and came up with the interception. It sealed the game for us and gave us our biggest win of the year.”
Bieber is a respiratory therapist at Beebe Hospital and lives in Milford with his wife Charlene and their daughter Kelly.