Season 2 of the Philippine American Football League (PAFL) started merely two weeks ago. With five teams competing to win the Championship, the Wolves already won 2 out of their 4 games which gives them an undefeated status – Game 1 (81-0) against the Juggernauts and game 2 (15-8) against the Cavemen.

Players who scored touchdowns, extra points, and field goals are popular among fans. Those who gain yards, best hits, sacks, interceptions, and catches are crowd favorites too. Unbeknownst to many, the offensive linemen are those who are always behind the scenes to every great play. Their job is to protect the ball carrier namely the quarterback and the running back from anyone who tries to force a fumble or simply put pressure on the play.

It’s time for us to get to know the Wolves O-Line Players:

(From left to right: Duke Laigo, Karl Ver, Migs Gulle, Emil Ocampo, and Gab Gisalan. Source: Facebook – Marlu Gulle)

FULL NAME: Duke Laigo
NICKNAME: Duke
AGE: 19
JERSEY NUMBER: 66
MOTTO IN LIFE: When the praises go up, the blessings come down.

When did you start playing tackle? 
June 2015.

How and why did you join the Wolves? 
I was recruited by a Wolves legend. I have always wanted to play tackle football. Weirdly enough, I didn’t know it existed here in our country until I was recruited.

As an O-Lineman what do you think is your purpose on the team? 
Protect [the team].

What do you think is your best characteristic that fits an O-lineman?
Loyalty. It’s the key to our goal of having “one heartbeat” on the O-line.

How are you liking your position so far? 
I like it a lot.

Besides your training, how do you prepare for your games? 
I hype myself with music on the way to the field. It helps me focus more.

If you will be allowed to play any other position, what would you pick?
Tight End.

FULL NAME: Karl Ver
NICKNAME: Karl
AGE: 32
JERSEY NUMBER: 77
MOTTO IN LIFE: They say you never know what fate has in store for us, but I say you can see some happy endings coming from a mile away.

When did you start playing tackle?
ABP season 1 [2010].

How and why did you join the Wolves?
I’m just a walk-in. Everybody from the Wolves were mostly Bedans. I’m the lone Thomasian in the team that time. I just wanted to play [tackle] football. Not the flag.

As an O-Lineman what do you think is your purpose on the team? 
To bring joy and happiness.

What do you think is your best characteristic that fits an O-lineman?
I may not be the fastest but I’m sure that I’m a hard worker on and off the field.

How are you liking your position so far?
I really really like it.

Besides your training, how do you prepare for your games?
I just eat one cup of rice.

If you will be allowed to play any other position, what would you pick?
I can’t see myself playing [any] other position.

FULL NAME: Migs Gulle
NICKNAME: Migs , Migo , BaByZ
AGE: 20
JERSEY NUMBER: 64
MOTTO IN LIFE: You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor (Aristotle).

When did you start playing tackle?
Season 5 2014

How and why did you join the Wolves?
I tried out for the team because my nanay wants me to lose weight and I was interested in this sport a while back.

As an O-Lineman what do you think is your purpose on the team?
We are the anchor, we set the tone, we are the foundation for those awesome highlight plays that you see in the replays.

What do you think is your best characteristic that fits an O-lineman?
Determination

How are you liking your position so far?
Best position in football

Besides your training, how do you prepare for your games?
[Watching] lots of game tapes not just our games but game tapes from other great Oline [players] in the NFL and eating Samgyupsal.

If you will be allowed to play any other position, what would you pick?
A different position on the O-line.

FULL NAME: Emil Ocampo
NICKNAME: EJ
AGE: 23
JERSEY NUMBER: 82
MOTTO IN LIFE: Go for it. No matter how it ends. It was an experience.

When did you start playing tackle?
2013

How and why did you join the Wolves?
I saw that [the] Wolves were recruiting for a new member and I immediately attended tryouts. Why? Because when I was younger, It was my dream to try tackle football.

As an O-Lineman what do you think is your purpose on the team? 
It’s to give way and protect the pack.

What do you think is your best characteristic that fits an O-lineman? 
Calm mind.

How are you liking your position so far? 
It feels soothing to play as a tackle OL [player].

Besides your training, how do you prepare for your games? 
Just pray before and after of every activity for guidance for all players.

If you will be allowed to play any other position, what would you pick? 
D-Line.

FULL NAME: Gab Gisalan
NICKNAME: Gab
AGE: 20
JERSEY NUMBER: 74
MOTTO IN LIFE: Genius relates insanity.

When did you start playing tackle?
June 2017

How and why did you join the Wolves?
I was very curious of the game and went on searching for teams on FB. Luckily I found the best one in Wolves.

As an O-Lineman what do you think is your purpose on the team?
Protect your brothers, protect your team.

What do you think is your best characteristic that fits an O-lineman?
I love my brothers, and I won’t let others get to them.

How are you liking your position so far?
I love it. I love the passion my fellow linemen exemplifies and the unity we have on and off the field.

Besides your training, how do you prepare for your games?
I lift weights during weekdays and do drills to raise my conditioning level.

If you will be allowed to play any other position, what would you pick? 
Tight End.

(From left to right: Nico Sy, Gerard Rebulado, Duke Laigo, Karl Ver, and Migs Gulle. Source: Facebook – Marlu Gulle)

FULL NAME: Nico Sy
NICKNAME: Nico, Senpai
AGE: 25
JERSEY NUMBER: 53
MOTTO IN LIFE: It’s not how hard you hit; it’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.

When did you start playing tackle?
2012

How and why did you join the Wolves?
My friend saw a pinned “poster” in a restaurant that said “Wolves American football tryouts”. So we decided to attend the tryouts since we’ve been looking for tackle football teams in our country. Since then, I never stopped playing the sport.

As an O-Lineman what do you think is your purpose on the team?
To be the one setting the tone for the offense. To be the protector of the ball carrier. To be the backbone of our offense.

What do you think is your best characteristic that fits an O-lineman?
I don’t give up and I’d do anything for the team. I do everything [all out with heart]. For me, being an O-lineman is being committed in a very special way. We dedicate ourselves to our craft so that others can get their glory. We are the ones who lay down on the line and get dirty so that our teammates can savor our victory. We give our best every single time we hit the field. We are a unit with 5 bodies and 1 brain. This is a brotherhood. This is what an O-lineman is for me.

How are you liking your position so far?
I love it and I’ll do my best to play it ’till I can.

Besides your training, how do you prepare for your games?
I work out during weekdays – going to the gym and lifting weights. I usually alternate the weightlifting and conditioning/drills.

If you will be allowed to play any other position, what would you pick?
I’ll be playing D-line since I used to be a D-lineman back when I was starting to play the sport. Don’t get me wrong, I’m never gonna leave the O-line.

FULL NAME: Gerald Rebulado
NICKNAME: Gerald/Junemar
AGE: 21
JERSEY NUMBER: 69
MOTTO IN LIFE: It’s not about how you fall; it’s about how you get back up.

When did you start playing tackle? 
June 2017

How and why did you join the Wolves?
Ever since high school, I’ve always wanted to play American football and by searching the net I found the Wolves which I think has the best football program in the Philippines.

As an O-Lineman what do you think is your purpose on the team?
As what my Captain (Nico Sy) always says, we set the tone and we pave the way.

What do you think is your best characteristic that fits an O-lineman?
I think being protective of my family is one that best fits an O-line. We don’t just consider other players as teammates but we see and treat them as family.

How are you liking your position so far?
I love it especially the battle for position at the trench and serving pancakes.

Besides your training, how do you prepare for your games?
Actively participating in training, lifting weights, and building bonds with my teammates/brothers off the field.

If you will be allowed to play any other position, what would you pick?
Defensive End.

(From left to right: Migs Gulle and Miki Melegrito. Source: Facebook – Marlu Gulle)

FULL NAME: Paul Miki Melegrito
NICKNAME: Miki
AGE: 32
JERSEY NUMBER: 75
MOTTO IN LIFE: Live well and experience everything in its entirety.

When did you start playing tackle?
2016 redshirt/medic ng wolfpack.

How and why did you join the Wolves?
I joined in 2016 as a package deal with Martin [Antonio] haha.

As an O-Lineman what do you think is your purpose on the team?
Open opportunity for the QB.

What do you think is your best characteristic that fits an O-lineman?
Not afraid to go down and dirty.

How are you liking your position so far?
Love it. I get to know more about myself.

Besides your training, how do you prepare for your games?
Paying dues in the weight room. Fieldworks and studying tapes

If you will be allowed to play any other position, what would you pick?
QB para qt… but seriously I like being cerebral.

 

(From left to right: Karl Ver, Fidel Dagatan, Migs Gulle, Duke Laigo, Nico Sy, and Kenji Garces. Source: Facebook – Patrick Gunnacao)

FULL NAME: Fidel Dagatan
NICKNAME: Cupcakes/Wookie
AGE: 21
JERSEY NUMBER: 67
MOTTO IN LIFE: No worries.

When did you start playing tackle?
2010 in high school when I was asked to join the team.

How and why did you join the Wolves?
I joined in 2015 when a friend of mine was also interested to play for the Wolves.

As an O-Lineman what do you think is your purpose on the team?
Throw people on the floor and protect the man with the ball.

What do you think is your best characteristic that fits an O-lineman?
Big body and loose screws

How are you liking your position so far?
I love it.

Besides your training, how do you prepare for your games?
Weight lifting and music

If you will be allowed to play any other position, what would you pick?
Defensive tackle because I still get to hit people.

FULL NAME: Kenji Garces
NICKNAME
: Kenj
AGE: 25
JERSEY NUMBER: 79
MOTTO IN LIFE: Live life with no regrets.

When did you start playing tackle?
2016.

How and why did you join the Wolves?
I saw it on Facebook and after a year they conducted a tryout and I inquired online. Then I went to the tryout alone. I joined because I really wanted to learn and play tackle football since [I was a kid] and the chance to join and learn [tackle football] came.

As an O-Lineman what do you think is your purpose on the team?
We do the dirty work for the team. We block, protect, and open up a way.

What do you think is your best characteristic that fits an O-lineman?
I don’t need any praise from the audience. I don’t aim for any spotlight. Just a little thank you and appreciation from the team for the hard work and doing your job right makes me happy a lot.

How are you liking your position so far?
I love it. So much.

Besides your training, how do you prepare for your games?
I eat a lot of meat the day before the game.

If you will be allowed to play any other position, what would you pick?
D-line.

 

(From top left to right: Nate Tioseco, JM Manlangit, Von Pizarro, Emil Ocampo, Nico Sy, Dave Van Nett. From bottom left to right: Paolo Valler, Karl Ver, Migs Gulle, Raph Gianan, Darren Dario. Source: Facebook – Karl Ver)

FULL NAME: Raph Gianan
NICKNAME: Raph
AGE: 23
JERSEY NUMBER: 54
MOTTO IN LIFE: Enjoy.

When did you start playing tackle?
Started playing tackle football in 2013

How and why did you join the Wolves?
A friend of mine was part of the team and I asked him if I could join.

As an O-Lineman what do you think is your purpose on the team?
To protect the QB but also to be the dominant force for the team.

What do you think is your best characteristic that fits an O-lineman?
My desire of being part of a unit, being on the same page as four other guys on the field on what we need to do.

How are you liking your position so far?
I like it a lot. I like trying to impose your will on the opposing team on every play is something I like to try/do.

Besides your training, how do you prepare for your games?
By talking to the guys [O-line] on what we did in previous games, how the plays are gonna go given different situations.

If you will be allowed to play any other position, what would you pick?
Either be a fullback or tight end; [I’m] still having that blocking ability.

FULL NAME: Darren Dario
NICKNAME: DD or Double D
AGE: 27
JERSEY NUMBER: Previously number 92. Current jersey number 62.
MOTTO IN LIFE: You can’t give what you don’t have. Whatever it is that you want to give, you have to work really hard for it first.

When did you start playing tackle?
2015 Season 5 Wolves

How and why did you join the Wolves?
I was recruited by my thesis group mate Dags Mambuay back in college. I was so amazed by all the stories he was telling me about the Wolves. The culture of the team, the players, and how they train. I used to play a different sport back in high school and I was really competitive. Maybe I just miss the feeling of training and competing. The Wolves is the perfect team to satisfy my craving.

As an O-Lineman what do you think is your purpose on the team?
My purpose is to be in unison with my O-lineman buddies on every play. To protect the Quarterback and skills players. We always lead the way for them and lastly, to sacrifice our bodies to gain that extra yard.

What do you think is your best characteristic that fits an O-lineman?
I would say being aggressive and analytical. Being an offensive lineman doesn’t mean you always have to fight the defensive players with strength. We have to analyze their moves and adjust our technique to what’s effective against the opposing team and at the same time apply aggression to every move.

How are you liking your position so far?
I love every bit of it.

Besides your training, how do you prepare for your games?
I workout on weekdays, watch LinemanLunch on Facebook and review the plays given to us.

If you will be allowed to play any other position, what would you pick?
I would love to try DL or LB. Just to see how they move against an O-line so we can improve our movements more. #PTMLP

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