Note: Following is the fifth in a series of eight stories about this year’s inductees into the Midland County Sports Hall of Fame. To purchase tickets for the induction ceremony, go to https://cityofmidlandmi.gov/halloffame.
The Brandle Roofing football team from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s will be inducted into the Midland County Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2021 during a ceremony and banquet to be held at Dow Diamond on June 11, beginning at 6 p.m.
Beginning in 1985, the men’s 7-on-7 touch football team sponsored by Midland’s Brandle Roofing won seven straight Midland League championships and Midland city tournaments, seven straight Michigan Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) district titles, and six MRPA regional championships, while placing fifth or better in the MRPA state tournament six times. The team also won the 1991 United States Touch and Flag Football state championship, as well as the Pinconning tournament.
From 1986-1992, Brandle Roofing won the Mid-Michigan tournament championship five times, and, in 1992, the team finished second at the MRPA state tournament, won the March of Dimes tournament in Chicago, won the International Football Federation national championship, and won the United States Flag and Touch Football national championship in Columbus, Ohio, where they were also given the Sportsmanship trophy for the tournament.
Brandle Roofing’s football team was inducted into the National Hall of Fame in 1992 and into the Michigan Amateur Football Hall of Fame in 1999. In the late 1990s, the NFL began sponsoring 4-on-4 tournaments in every city which had an NFL team, and Brandle Roofing won the Detroit tournament for three consecutive years.
As a company, Brandle Roofing continues to sponsor teams in sports such as youth football, youth soccer, and many others, as well supporting charitable causes such as Make-A-Wish, The Humane Society of Midland County, and associations fighting muscular dystrophy, suicide, mental health issues, and multiple sclerosis.