Goedert returns to home area to give back

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Dallas Goedert has undeniably “made it” in the football profession. A National Football League team drafted him, and he’s just finished up his first season with many more successful seasons on the horizon.

Now he’s trying to make a difference in his home state.

The Philadelphia Eagles tight end hosted a Sanford POWER football camp July 9 in Aberdeen. The free event featured 250 kids from three states and hit capacity for registration within hours of opening.

The event included more than 35 athletes and several coaches from Britton-Hecla, the small co-op about 100 miles from Aberdeen, where Goedert went to high school.

“Now that people look up to me, it is really special to come out and give back,” he said. “To be able to come back with Sanford’s help in my hometown is just really cool.”

NSU hosts event at new facility

The camp was held at the new Northern State University Athletic and Recreation Fields. Coaches from NSU and Aberdeen Central High School teamed up with Sanford POWER Aberdeen’s strength and conditioning coach Sam Herauf to make the event possible. The coaches ran young players through a series of warmups and drills, which allowed Goedert to roam and interact with the kids. The players had questions about the NFL and his All-American career at South Dakota State. Many asked about his non-football abilities.

Britton-Hecla proud of famous son

The 6-foot-5-inch, 256-pound Goedert capped the camp by executing a perfect backflip. He was goaded into that by some of the younger campers.

The Britton staff, including longtime coach Pat Renner, wasn’t surprised by the feat.

“At Britton, he was always a kid that was bigger than everyone else and had tons of talent,” Renner said. “We always knew he was a great player.”

Goedert excelled in basketball, too. In fact, he nearly committed to play college basketball at NSU before ultimately choosing to become a walk-on football player at SDSU.

He left Brookings as a two-time All-American. The Eagles selected him in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft. In his rookie season, Goedert made 33 catches for 334 yards with four touchdowns and helped Philadelphia reach the playoffs.

Goedert primed for breakout second season

His second season could be even better as he now knows what to expect from the professional level. There’s also an Oct. 13 game in Minneapolis – the closest thing Goedert will ever have to a home-state contest.

That’s why this summer event was special for all involved.

“It is so cool to have a hometown NFL player out at these camps,” Herauf said. “It is a great opportunity to have a professional athlete give back to his small-town community.”