FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- Jedre Cyr spent five seasons as a Bison football player. From walk-on to starter, he lives and breathes Bison Pride and now, three seasons after his last football game, he's serving the team in a new roll.
"Being a part of Bison football is a brotherhood that never ends," Cyr said when asked about being back as a part of the program.
North Dakota State University Athletics had been driven by GMR Transportation since they started taking a semi-on the road.
But this year, that was changing.
"Mike Podratz who had been driving and then his son Steve had helped," explained NDSU football director of equipment services Nathan Bjoralt. "Mike was retiring and with him leaving the company, Steve had to take over and so they weren't going to have time to do all the trucking and they didn't have any drivers that could and they asked us if we knew anyone that would be interested in doing it. So right away we thought of Jedre and Cyr Trucking as a natural option to take over it."
It's a dream come true for Jedre and he says when he got the call this spring, it was a 'no brainer.'
"When I was playing I always wanted my dad to be able to go, and haul the equipment to the games," Cyr said. "I thought it would be cool to get to see the truck there and I thought it would be cool to be a part of that."
Jedre drove for his families trucking company, Cyr LLC, while he played for the Bison. Based out of his hometown of Glyndon, Minnesota, he now crosses the upper Midwest full time in his NDSU cab.
With this new job added to his workload, he has the chance to truly combine his two biggest passions, and gain a little perspective along the way.
"You really appreciate all the people that put all the time that they have in to really the whole process of going on an away trip just to allow you to be able to play the game," he said.
The ultimate teammate when he was on the roster, the NDSU athletic department is grateful to be able to bring him back as a part of the team.
"As someone moves on, someone else comes in," Bjoralt explained. "So it's kind of like we tell the players, it's next man up and Jedre was just the next man up and he has kind of taken it and run with it and we're really excited about it."
Jedre hopes to run with it for the long haul.
"I hope to do this till I die," Cyr said. "I think it'll be a long relationship."