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As near as the Vander Esch family can tell, everybody carrying that name in the United States got their start when Leendert Vander Esch came over from the Netherlands a little more than a century ago. It meant that when a 6 4, 256 pound fellow named Leighton Vander Esch from Boise State went to the Dallas Cowboys with the 19th pick in the first round last week, if you had the same last name, there was a really good chance you were related to him. Leighton’s father Darwin played football at West Sioux High School, as did his uncle Doug, who later went on to become a hall of fame linebacker at the University of South Dakota. Darwin’s cousin Darrell also played for the Coyotes and the USD roster now includes wide receiver Caleb Vander Esch, who is Doug’s son and Leighton’s cousin. Is your head spinning yet? Adding to this recognition of smalltown northwest Iowa moxie was that the next pick in the draft, No. 20, was used by the Detroit Lions to take Frank Ragnow, a center at Arkansas whose mother Marty is also a graduate of West Sioux High School, as well as a former Augustana basketball player. Two draft picks from the same draft who go consecutively in the first round Lucas Wacha Jersey, both of whom have a parent who graduated from West Sioux High School. Now that’s not something you see every day. Darrell, who graduated from South Dakota in 1984, was often responsible for picking up Leighton, by all accounts a quiet and humble kid who walked on at Boise State after playing 8 man high school football, at the airport in Sioux Falls and driving him to family reunions. The Vander Esches are basically rock heads,” said Darrell, who lives in Sioux Falls. “We want to be told we can’t do something so that we can go out there and do it.” While Leighton might phrase it a little differently, his story would certainly qualify as being the fruit of a rock head philosophy in that he s been quieting naysayers throughout his college career. Darwin, a prominent hunting and fishing guide in the northwest https://www.cowboysdaclub.com/ezekiel-elliott-jersey-c-16.html, lives in Riggins, Idaho, pop. 406, with his wife and Leighton’s mother, the former Sandy Van Ommeren. Sandy was a star basketball player at nearby Maurice Orange City High School in Iowa. His cousin Caleb, a California native who went to Willow Glen High School in San Jose, got to see his cousin once every three years at family reunions. As both began to emerge as college level football players https://www.cowboysdaclub.com/leon-mcfadden-jersey-c-17.html, they began talking more often. “It’s been fun talking about football with Leighton,” Caleb said. “To think he went from eight man football to a first round pick is pretty amazing. He’s a really good guy, humble, super positive. We don’t play any football at the family reunions, but we do play basketball. He dominated. The whole family is excited for him – it’s great to see a guy like that fulfill his dreams.” While Leighton ruled the earth at the eight man level in Idaho and was also among the best basketball players in the state Idaho’s major college football program wasn’t interested enough to offer to pay for his education. No matter. The important thing was that Leighton wanted to go there. Equipped with the will – and a lot of as yet underappreciated athletic ability – he did what he set out to do. “He really wanted to go to Boise State to play football and I think he was going to do that, no matter who else was recruiting him,” Darwin said. “And after this season he really wanted to play for Dallas at the next level. The stars have aligned all the way through – and now he has the star on the helmet.” Leighton’s stats as a high school athlete read like somebody made them up. At Salmon River High School his senior season he passed for 2,155 yards and 28 touchdowns, ran for 1,565 yards, made 131 tackles, picked off five passes, recovered five fumbles and scored four defensive touchdowns. He had more than 500 yards total offense in the state championship football game, then turned around and averaged 29.4 points and 11.1 rebounds on the basketball team, leading Salmon River to consecutive state titles. “I was really pushing for him to stay in basketball,” Sandy said. “We built a 50 foot by 75 foot steel building with a concrete floor with breakaway hoops…I spent a lot of time out there rebounding for him and playing him in one on one. I’d let him win about 50 percent of the time – I didn’t want to overwhelm him by constantly beating him. That lasted until he was a freshman. When he was a sophomore https://www.cowboysdaclub.com/nolan-carroll-jersey-c-18.html, junior and senior, it didn’t matter what I did, he was way better.” Ragnow’s mother, Marty Scroggs Ragnow, was an outstanding basketball player and a runner at West Sioux who went on to play basketball at Augustana in the late 1980s. Her husband Jon, who died of a heart attack at age 54 in 2016, was an inspiration for Frank, a highly recruited high school player at Chanhassen who came out of Arkansas as the highest rated center in the country last year. Ragnow heard his name called just moments after Vander Esch heard his. “ Jon, his father always told me that, ‘Don’t be a schmo,’ ” Frank Ragnow https://www.cowboysdaclub.com/lucas-wacha-jersey-c-36.html told the StarTribune in the days leading up to the draft. “Make these guys think you’re a good guy. I think he’s really proud of me. I’m just trying to continue the plan every day. That’s the thing we always did. We lived it one day at a time and we faced our goals together. I’m just trying to keep that process going and do what he would want me to do.” Those words ring familiar to those of Darwin Vander Esch, whose son grew up in a much more rural setting, but with the same humble, common sense approach to challenges. “There are a lot of young men and women from small towns who are just looking for a chance to prove themselves,” Darwin said. “I think a lot of coaches are surprised at how they step up and compete. That’s what I’ve always told Leighton and that’s how he’s done it. He’s humble, he’s not forgetting where he came from and he’s not scared of hard work.”

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