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Andrew Grothmann's Double Life

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North Dakota State University gets plenty of notoriety for its football team, but it's also a school with a long-standing tradition in ag research. One student is doing both -- and when fullback Andrew Grothmann isn't lining up in the Bison backfield, you'll likely find him tending to his flock.

Andrew Grothmann attends classes weekday mornings and in the afternoon spends most of his time at football practice, and Saturdays he suits up in green and gold and blasts holes in defensive lines for the thundering herd.

Grothmann starts at fullback for the Bison football team and is majoring in agricultural economics with a minor in animal science at North Dakota State University. His athletic scholarship allows him to pursue his other passion -- farming.

On Sundays, you'll find him herding sheep at the family farm.

"I enjoy it a lot," Grothmann tells us. "It's a nice getaway for me from football and school. It's something I enjoy."

Andrew grew up on a farm raising small grains and cattle, and today he helps manage a herd of 300 sheep with his brother, Zach, and his dad, Kevin.

"He's putting in maybe 8-10 hours a week up here during the season," dad Kevin says. He adds that his son is able to spend more time at the farm during the summer.

Andrew's brother Zach is also majoring in ag economics at NDSU and shares responsibility for taking care of the livestock. Feeding, sheering, vaccinating, and trimming hooves are just a few of the chores that need tending to.

Despite the mundane nature of sheep farming, Andrew says he prefers it to football.

"Don't tell my coach," he jokes. "Yeah, maybe a little.  It's definitely kinda a passion of mine, something I really enjoy."

Andrew's teammates definitely don't share his enthusiasm for agriculture, and many have never set foot on a farm. "They're a little scared," Grothmann explains. "They really don't know what to think.  Some want to come up here, and I say, 'If you want to come up, you're gonna get your hands dirty,' and they say, 'Well, I don't know about that.'"

There's no question where Andrew's headed after his playing days are over.  He'll have his hands and heart involved in agriculture.

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