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October 8, 2013

Mason Bumphus stays focused



Bumphus’ regular season is already half over, and soon he’ll have to say good-bye to his many friends on the team, including best friend Jarome Smith. After graduating, Bumphus said he plans to get his emergency medical technician license at Kiamichi Technology Center in McAlester, then become a firefighter.

“My step-dad, he’s been a fireman for 17 years, and it just kind of seems like a job I’d like to do,” Bumphus said.

When he’s not playing football, Bumphus said he tries to spend as much time as he can with his 1-month-old daughter, Paisleigh Mae-Bumphus. Bumphus, 18, added that he wants to be a firefighter because if family obligations pull him away from McAlester, it’s a job that can transfer easily within the state.

Recovering from a major injury requires focus. Catching a football requires focus. Being a dad requires focus.

In rehabbing his back and becoming a standout receiver, Bumphus has shown he has the focus necessary to accomplish anything.

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