Bub’s Page

Early Life:

Michael Edward Yenick, best known by family and friends as “Bub”, was born in Ely, Nevada in the year of 1982.  Bub was raised in a family where heritage, faith, hard work, love and family values were instilled in him at a very young age.  In those early years, his grandparents were not only his biggest and first fans, but they were his mentors and their life lessons gave Bub his foundational core values. Their lessons were simple and clear- they taught him the value of hard work and the importance of family. He was affectionately referred to as the apple of his grandpa’s eye and he loved the simplicity of living in a small town and the freedom it offered. In 1988 his family moved to Reno, Nevada.  He attended St .Theresa Little Flower School through eighth grade. He was a dynamic and very active young boy playing on the basketball team, bringing his signature dance moves to the talent show and entering the annual science fair every year. Football was not only his first love but his calling. He began playing pop warner as a young eight year old until it was time to move onto the next level at age fifteen. After graduating from Little Flower he attended Bishop Manogue High School and was a decorated letterman in both varsity basketball and football all four years. He was an athletic force in both sports and as captain, led his teams to victory and state championships his senior year. In 1998 he set the weight lifting record in power cleans that still stand to this day. He kept his body and mind in great shape and had a passion to help others as well

Bub had a natural athletic ability for all sports in which he devoted many long, compassionate and dedicated hours of practice. He was a leader off the field as well, unknown to many, Bub was extremely devout in his faith and in his spirituality. He was very involved in his school spirituality and became a Eucharistic Minister. As a team captain and popular guy, Bub would constantly reach out to fellow classmates who didn’t socially quite fit in. His cool demeanor and simplistic offers to have others join him at lunch, pick up the ball, or hang out in the hall would be small acts of kindness Bub constantly gave out to everyone and anyone. He took those early life lessons and values and practiced what was preached to him. He wasn’t doing it for gratitude or attention, he was just being Bub.

Bub Hug: The Definition

A big hug was common from Bub to all who knew him. Bub loved people from all backgrounds and had a special bond with his “bro’s” who were former or current teammates.  He loved his family dearly, and cherished large family dinners, gatherings and events.  Bub would often just grab you spontaneously and give you a great big bear, no, Bub Hug, and tell you he loved you.

Football Career:

After his junior year in high school he was recruited nationwide to play Division I football and was offered numerous scholarships. After considerable thought he chose to stay home and play for defensive end for the Nevada Wolfpack. Bub loved his community and although he could have played for notable college football teams such as schools as Michigan, UCLA, Purdue or Washington, his heart was to stay in Reno and became a hometown favorite. After his sophomore year with the Nevada Wolfpack, he had a back injury as well as a torn patella resulting in knee surgery. The painful physical injuries caused him to spend much of his time in physical therapy working on rehabilitating both his back and knee. With heavy sadness he had to give up playing football, a game that taught him commitment, teamwork and discipline. His physical presence on the field disappeared, but his love for the game never left him. Football was and would always be a deeply impactful and significant part of his life.

In 2003 Bub went to Maui, Hawaii and attended the International Fitness Program of Strong Stretch and Centered School and became a personal fitness trainer back in Reno. He also attended specialized training in New Jersey and was a part of the Parisee Speed School, teaching young and upcoming athletes proper technique, pushing their limits and exceeding goals. In 2008 he received his Nevada Division Insurance Life, Accident, Health, Property and Casualty Series 7 and 66 and attending was employed by Wells Fargo Bank and Investment.

His Legacy:

Bub loved being around and spending time with his family, he especially loved watching his niece and nephew with their childlike curiosity and carefree simplicity. He loved his rescue pit bulls companions Koa and Flex, who were forever at his side hiking in the mountains, listening to music and even wrestling with them.  Bub’s patience and kindness was second to none. Teaching his clients, students & athletes or friends fitness or teaching the art of fly fishing as he did his father, his guidance and inspiration was amazing. He loved his community, family and God.  He will be remembered as wonderful loving son, brother, uncle, athlete and Native Nevadan. His legacy will live on through this foundation to inspire and educate fellow students & athletes to seek proper pain management and rehabilitation for sport related injuries by caring, qualified and educated health care professionals who have their sincere well-being at heart.  It is crucial that with our life loss of Bub that reform and new legislation be enacted to protect patients to include students & athletes and educate the medical care profession on the dangers of pain killing prescriptions.