It could turn out that one of the best football players on the Minnesota campus never went out for the team. Cole Konrad quit playing football after ninth grade to concentrate on wrestling, and he won two NCAA heavyweight titles at Minnesota and completed his eligibility. Then the New York Jets came calling, inviting Konrad to their mini-camp last weekend. Konrad, who ran the fastest 40-yard dash among offensive lineman, impressed the NFL team.
"I told them up front that wrestling comes first through 2008," said Konrad, who hopes to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. "They told me to stay in touch during my wrestling career, and that when it's over they might like to bring me back in."
Thanks to Danielle Hobeika of Amateur Wrestling Photos for the image.