Seeing the talent first-hand, Wisconsin Lutheran head football coach Joel Radue isn’t surprised that “Super Bowl Sunday” includes an ex-Viking.
“His desire to do well is what sets him apart. I mean he’s relentless. And he’ll go after and after, his engine never stops,” says Radue.
As the 252nd pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Chris Garrett got his chance to make the NFL roster with the Los Angeles Rams.
“Chris has been a tremendous example of what it takes to show a lot of hard work and dedication when all the apparent odds may be looking against him,” said Wisconsin Lutheran defensive coordinator Brad Wetzel.
From 414 to 310, Chris showed off his Midwestern mojo.
“His athleticism for his size is unbelievable. It showed in a couple of those pre-season games that he was where he had two sacks and good games in a row. He showed some promise there and that’s why they kept it on their 53-man all year,” says Radue.
Even when COVID-19 sidelined Chris early in the regular season, he rallied in true Vikings fashion.
“He was out for three weeks at the start of the season with COVID, when he was making a lot of progress in training and in the practice squad,” says Wetzel. “He’s the kind of guy who’s going to give it his all every day and hope it works out for the best.”
A prime example that it’s not always talent, but tenacity, that wins you places.
“He has the divine ability that he used to get him to where he is, but just the successes that you can have through your hard work in sports or studies. It will help you no matter where you end up. , whether in Pro Football or another profession,” says Radue.
Still a rookie, Chris may not see a shot in the Super Bowl.
It’s a detail that won’t matter to Vikings working towards the same goal.
“It’s pretty crazy since we’re a small high school. We don’t get a lot of exposure like the bigger high schools in the state. So it’s pretty crazy to have one of our guys in the Super Bowl.” , says Wisconsin Lutheran quarterback Zachary Tipton. “It shows all the hard work and dedication it takes to stay on an NFL roster. So even for him to be on the roster is a cool thing even if he doesn’t get minutes.”
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