Sport

Football

Years Played

1980-83

Year Inducted

2009

Recruited to play at North Dakota State University by Earle Solomonson and played for Don Morton, both members of the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame ... Made the traveling squad and started one game as a freshman ... Played in the NCAA playoffs in both 1981 and 1982 ... Member of the 1983 NCAA Division II national championship team ... Associated Press first team Little All-American in 1982 as a junior; first team All-NCC in 1982 and Most Valuable Linebacker in the NCC ... Leading tackler (116) for the 12-1 Bison team that advanced to NCAA Division II semifinals ... His 91 assisted tackles and 25 solos were both team highs ... Top defensive point-getter (650) despite missing two regular season games ... Suffered a shoulder injury in mid-season and missed entire 1983 spring ... Had 10 tackles and broke up two passes in the semifinal at UC Davis ... Named NCC Player of the Week after recording 15 tackles and a key quarterback sack against Northern Iowa ... Credited with 20 tackles including six solos at MSU Mankato ... Came up with a key interception to preserve 10-3 win at South Dakota State ... Recorded 19 tackles, a forced fumble, a sack and an interception against Augustana ... Missed most of his senior year in 1983 with an injury, but continued to help out as a student coach ... Recorded 47 tackles in the first four games before being sidelined ... Played in 33 games during his career ... Finished with 186 tackles including 37 solo stops, five pass breakups and three interceptions ... Graduated from NDSU in 1985 with a degree in leisure studies and recreation ... Born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. ... Lettered in football, basketball and track and field at Richfield (Minn.) High School ... Earned all-state and all-conference honors at linebacker his senior year ... Worked at Southside Woodworking as a cabinetmaker and foreman from 1984 to 1990 ... Currently the service manager and sales at Mahin-Walz, where he has worked since 1991 ... Steve and his wife, Patti, have two children, Vanessa and Hannah.