NFL Hopeful Affected by Rising Red River

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IMarch 30, 2009

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Former North Dakota State tight end Jeremiah Wurzbacher spent his free time before the NFL draft helping his hometown.

The 6'5", 247-pound NFL hopeful stood along a levee in Fargo, ND while filling and lifting 40-pound sandbags to keep the town safe from the rising waters of the swollen Red River.

The Wurzbacher family home is backed up against a portion of the Red River but the National Guard took care of the sandbagging efforts there.

Wurzbacher said that he as well as other members of the North Dakota State football team worked at building the sandbag levees for 10 hours a day.

Wurzbacher, a Fargo native, joked, “I guess you could say that instead of working out Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, we were getting our training by throwing sandbags. It’s a little different than what we do in the weight room.”

Should the tight end find his future home in New Orleans, he would use much of his training at keeping the river at bay (no pun intended).

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