in play late in the first round and almost certainly off the board midway through the second. Who will take him? His pre-draft visits were scheduled to include the Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.
There is some lineage to consider, as well. Named "Dallas" by his biological father, a Cowboys fan, Goedert grew up rooting for the Green Bay Packers. The walls in his boyhood bedroom are painted a distinctive green, and a Brett Favre poster still hangs. Goedert long dreamed of playing in Green Bay and catching passes from Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers' decision to sign Jimmy Graham in free agency makes the connection unlikely.
"The last few years, I thought it would be really cool to go play with Aaron Rodgers because he's one of the best and the way he can fling it," Goedert said. "But now I'll go anywhere. Any franchise that picks me up, I'll be more than happy to play for." He grinned wistfully as he mentioned Rodgers. For much of an hourlong conversation, though, he rarely cracked a smile. Goedert earned an operations management degree from South Dakota State's engineering school in December and responded to every question with a precisely formed answer.
A fuller picture of the man awaited two hours north in Britton, a town with a stop sign at its center and "more cows than people," according to Goedert. There, his extended family -- mother Mary, stepfather Gary, sisters Emily and Megan and their husbands and children -- gathered to share stories about him."If you're too serious, Dallas can actually be annoying," Mary said. "He's not social [url=http://www.officiallosangeleskings.com/Adidas-Anze-Kopitar-Jersey]http://www.officiallosangeleskings.com/Adidas-Anze-Kopitar-Jersey[/url] until you get to know him, and then he's very funny."
"My sides hurt after spending a day with him," Emily said. "Honestly, you laugh so much.""The big thing," Megan said, "is he's impatient. He likes to do things. He doesn't want to sit around all day." Much like his one-handed catches at bedtime, everything develops into a game. Part of the reason Goedert is a Packers fan, he admits, is to give him a competitive foil. Most of Britton, and South Dakota for that matter, is Vikings territory. "When the Vikings played, I would bet my buddy a pop," he said, using the Midwestern term for soda. "And if I was a Vikings fan, I wouldn't be able to bet him -- or anyone."
Watching television? Let's do a push-up contest during commercials. Jumping on the trampoline? Let's play "500." Swimming? Let's race. When he was 8, Goedert set six state records in swimming. When informed that he had broken the previous records, the boy -- known for demolishing household objects during competitions -- burst into tears."Broke?" he said, according to his mother. "Is that bad?" There is much more laughing than crying around Goedert, though. A few years ago, his sisters made plans for an ice cream run. He asked them to wait a moment. Soon he emerged wearing a leopard-print Snuggie. "Just to embarrass us," Emily said.The costumes come out for unicycle expeditions, as well: clowns, cowboys and even the Incredible Hulk.
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"It's harder than a bicycle," Goedert said, "but once you learn it, it's the same thing as a bike. You don't forget how to do it. You figure out where your body position needs to be." A 17-year-old Dallas Goedert rides a six-foot unicycle in a local parade. Courtesy of the Goedert family
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That extends to Goedert's plans. The kid from Britton is looking forward to life in a [url=http://www.seahawksofficialfootballonline.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_TYLER_LOCKETT_JERSEY.html]http://www.seahawksofficialfootballonline.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_TYLER_LOCKETT_JERSEY.html[/url] big(ger) city."Depending on what city I go to," he said, "there's a good chance I stay there, depending on if I like it. Just to explore the world more and to find a place to raise a family."His pending move is a reminder of the arbitrary nature of life. What if Carl Larson, a stranger most of Goedert's family has not met, had skipped that Milbank game five years ago? What if he had stopped with one call to Stiegelmeier? Goedert probably would have wound up at Northern State University, a Division II school in Aberdeen that hasn't had a player drafted in the NFL's modern era. Instead of preparing for the draft, Goedert would have been hoping -- at best -- to find work as a rookie free agent.
"Life is full of things that just happen," Mary said. "I do think there is intervention or reasons that they happen. I don't know what would have happened for Dallas. He would have been successful at Northern. Would he have had the same success? Highly unlikely."As it turns out, Larson provided the best kind of gift. It was anonymous, without recognition or the expectation of reciprocation. For years, no one in Goedert's family even knew about it.
"I was under the assumption that coaches find athletes," Gary said. "I kind of thought that's probably what happened and how he ended up at South Dakota State."It wasn't until years later that the parent of another player, who knew Larson, relayed the story. Larson, who recently moved to a congregation to Brainerd, Minnesota, waves off any responsibility for Goedert's football life."He would have been a star wherever he went," he said.But that's not always how life works. Sometimes, the cream needs a little shove while rising to the top. Dallas Goedert got a determined boost from a man he had never met. His football story began that night. The rest was up to him. Let it be a lesson for us all. [url=http://www.cheapjerseysonlinefreeshipping.us.com]cheap nfl jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.cheapcustomnfljerseys.us.com]wholesale nfl jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.elitejerseysshop.com]cheap jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.elitecheapnfljerseyswholesale.com]cheap jerseys china[/url] [url=http://www.cheapjerseysonlinewholesale.us.com]cheap jerseys from china[/url]
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