Our Elite Athletes
A 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end, Rudolph is a two-time NFL Pro Bowl selection for the New York Giants. He’s also gained a reputation for his contributions off the field, earning in 2019 a nomination for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Rudolph grew up in Ohio and attended Notre Dame.
A native of small town Britton, SD, Goedert started as a walk-on for South Dakota State University. Four years later, the two-time FCS All-American tight end was drafted in the second round (49th overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles. In his final season with the Jackrabbits, he had 72 catches for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns. In his first season with the Eagles, Goedert caught over 30 passes and had four touchdowns.
Growing up in Sioux Falls, SD, Gerry quickly made a name for himself as a Washington High School track and football champion. He continued to shine as he played both linebacker and safety at the University of Nebraska. In his 50 games as a Husker, Gerry recorded 13 total interceptions, good for second most in school history. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He helped the team win a Super Bowl in his rookie season. Gerry is a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
Molly Clark-Oien is a bike racer living in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. A native of North Dakota, she studied psychology at Augustana University where she excelled in track and field. She began her cycling career in 2014 on the road, mountain bike and cyclocross. She rose to Category 1 in cyclocross in 2018 – the highest ranked female bike racer in South Dakota. She regularly competes across the upper Midwest.
Despite his young age, the Rapid City native has already left his mark on the World Triathlon Series. With eight podium finishes, including two victories, Smoragiewicz is currently ranked 69th in the world and 3rd in the United States. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics hopeful graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a bachelors in aerospace engineering.
A graduate of Bismarck Century High School, the 6-foot-5 Wentz went on to lead North Dakota State to four FCS national championships. That’s despite suffering a serious injury as a senior. He was taken with the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He currently plays for the Indianapolis Colts.
The Moorhead High School graduate is one of the most tenured American-born players in NHL history. He made his NHL debut in 1997 and won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and then with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017. Cullen is also active with the Sanford Health Foundation through the Cullen Children’s Foundation.
Over an 11-year pro career, Greenway was an impact player – and person – for the Minnesota Vikings as a first-round draft pick out of Iowa in 2006.The 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker was twice been named to the Pro Bowl and four times nominated for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. He grew up in Mount Vernon, S.D.
Despite not being highly recruited at Eagan (Minn.) High School, Zenner turned into one of the most decorated players in South Dakota State history. He ranks second in career rushing at the FCS level with 6,548 yards. He made the roster of the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie and wound up being the team’s starting running back in his second pro season. Zenner is also a high-achiever off the field, having been accepted into medical school. He does medical research during the offseason.
Originally from Clark, S.D., Kaufman is a rising star on the LPGA Tour, where she debuted in 2014. Before that, she was a two-time All-American at Texas Tech.
Ham is a Minnesota native who made the Minnesota Vikings roster as an undrafted rookie free agent, first working his way through the tryout system. He was a powerful running back at NCAA Division II Augustana University and did his pre-professional training at POWER in Sioux Falls. He was chosen to the NFL Pro Bowl in 2020.
Raised in Oxbow, N.D., (Anderson) Olson enjoyed a stellar youth and amateur career before going on to star at North Dakota State. She won an NCAA record 20 individuals title for the Bison and then broke into the LPGA in 2013.
Langer is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, and ranks as arguably the greatest senior golfer ever. He’s been ranked No. 1 in the world, claimed two titles at The Masters and owns more than 110 professional victories.
An Omaha native, Stick went 49-3 in at North Dakota State to set the FCS record for most victories in a career; the Bison won four national titles in his five years in Fargo. Stick was chosen in Round 5 of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Chargers.