Charles City, New Hampton Football Players Interviewed on National TV

Two north Iowa high school football players are being featured in a national TV interview Monday

During the football game between Charles City and New Hampton September 3rd, a photo of the Comets’ Mario Hoefer helping the Chickasaws’ Carter Steinlage stretching after Steinlage’s leg cramped up on the field of play went viral. Monday morning, both Hoefer and Steinlage were interviewed by ABC TV’s “Good Morning America 3” host T.J. Holmes.

Steinlage says the reaction to his encounter with Hoefer in the three weeks-plus since has made for quite the journey.


Hoefer says he was just doing the right thing assisting his opponent and is surprised how people across the country have taken notice.

The interview with Hoefer and Steinlage was recorded at Comet Field in Charles City Monday morning and aired during “Good Morning America 3: What You Need to Know” in the noon hour on ABC affiliates including KCRG TV9 and KAUS TV6.

*Watch the interview here


Mark Pitz

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