Athletics Hall of Fame
|PLAYED AT BSU||1980-83|
A four-year letterwinner for the Bemidji State football team, Marine on St. Croix resident Bruce Ecklund was a three-time All-NIC tight end for the Beavers and was selected team captain for the 1983 season. He remains in the top 10 among all receivers and first all-time among all BSU tight ends in career receiving yardage and receptions. He also is second on the school leaderboards with a career average of 5.18 catches per game. He finished his senior season with 47 catches for 760 yards and four touchdowns and was selected to the 1983 Associated Press Little All-America Team, establishing himself as one of the best tight ends in all of NCAA Divison II, III and the NAIA. He went on to play semi-pro football after graduation.