George and Charles Steinkamp UNM kickers

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) — George Steinkamp had never played organized football in his life before joining the Lobos in 2020. The former Los Alamos high school football player joined the team in 2020, and now his brother Charles followed his path. None of this would have been possible without the pandemic.

“It’s quite interesting; there’s a pretty big difference between us, five years,” George said. “It’s a great opportunity to squeeze my last season and get his first season and we’ll do it together, which will be great.”

“I never thought I would end up on a sports team with George, but this is a unique and wonderful opportunity,” Charles said. “One of the bright spots coming from COVID, not that it was a good thing, but just kind of a good opportunity that was given to us. He was a really good mentor to me, showing me the ropes of football academics, how to behave and how to be a better man.

Both George and Charles are specialists who nail the trifecta of field goals, punts and kickoffs. While coaches are still looking to make full use of the Steinkamp brothers’ unique abilities, they know the Los Alamos boys have some serious power in their legs.

“George has come a long way since he came into my office two years ago and told me he could kick things,” Danny Gonzales said. “He didn’t play football in high school or anything, it’s self-training and then we got our hands on him. He’s got probably the strongest leg I’ve ever had. I mean, he hit a 55-yarder here the other day that would have been good from 70. He just has to keep being consistent with his mechanics and having confidence.

The Lobos open the 2022 season on September 3 against Maine. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the match will be televised on My50TV.

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