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Former DSU player in NAIA Senior Football Classic
April 27, 2011
By Ariy-El Boynton, Madison Daily Leader Sports Editor
Former Dakota State Trojan Mike Trimble will compete for the Americans team in The Victory Sports Network 2011 NAIA Senior Football Classic.
His Americans will take on the Nationals on April 30 (Saturday) at Salina Central Stadium in Salina, Kan. The game, which features more than 120 NAIA football players from all over the country, is in its fifth year.
Trimble, who played his last year of collegiate football in 2010, is looking forward to furthering his career at least one more game.
"I know there are a lot of seniors that would love to put on the pads for this opportunity," he said. "I am just thankful for the opportunity to play. I am excited to go out there and play on the field once again with a bunch of guys that I've seen make big plays during the past couple years. I know there is going to be a lot of talent."
While there will be several scouts from the NFL, Arena League and other leagues around North America, Trimble just ants to win the game and represent DSU.
"Making plays and helping my team to a victory would be an accomplishment for me," he said. "I would say that I have something to prove at the game. Coming from Dakota State University, many people look down at the football program, especially since in the past two years we have only won two games. Even with the poor record, I stood by my team, played my heart out and gave it my all. I did not give up."
"A lot of people feel that there is no talent at DSU, and I would like the opportunity to prove that there indeed was talent in the midst of losses," Trimble said.
"On April 16, I had an opportunity to play in the DSU Alumni game against the current team. Many teammates and friends that I had not seen in several years were going to be participating. Not wanting to incur an injury, I did not play in the game," Trimble said. "I Have cut out all unhealthy food to increase my training results. There are days when a pizza sounds appetizing, but I just think of the Senior Bowl and realize that the game is more important."
Trimble now is focused on finishing out his college degree.
"My short-term goal is to graduate from DSU with a degree in business management," he said. "Currently, I am the only person in my family who has attended college. To graduate would be an amazing achievement for me and my family. My long-term goal would be to eventually own my own business somewhere in the Midwest. I would also like to be financially stable in order to begin a family."