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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 12:53 PM

'I'm having a blast': 49-year-old college freshman makes football team

‘I’m having a blast’: 49-year-old college freshman makes football team

By Jack Wallace and Jordan Gartner
Published: Sep. 9, 2022 at 8:55 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (KVLY/Gray News) - Usually, a college freshman making the football team isn’t the talk of the campus, but that’s not the case at a school in North Dakota.

The North Dakota College of Science Wildcats said 49-year-old Ray Ruschel has joined their undefeated football team.

KVLY reports Ruschel is an active-duty North Dakota Army National Guard member. Ruschel said he has been a part of that team for 17 years before being welcomed to this team.

“They’ve all been very receptive of me coming in and playing,” Ruschel said. “At first, they thought I was another football coach on our first day of camp. And whenever I got in line for pads, they were like ‘wait a minute, you’re playing?’”

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Reply 'I'm having a blast': 49-year-old college freshman makes football team (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Thursday OP
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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 02:58 PM

1. K & R

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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 03:06 PM

2. And three more years of eligibility.

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Response to twodogsbarking (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 03:21 PM

3. He's eligible to join AARP when he turns fifty. NT

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2022, 03:28 PM

4. A real life Chad Powers :)

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Thu Sep 22, 2022, 03:42 PM

5. There are many college teams who could use a 49 year old right now.

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