When the Arizona Hotshots signed Jake Krause, they found an overlooked gem from Bemidji State. Krause performed well at the Gophers’ Pro Day March 28th when he bench-pressed 225 pounds 33 times and showed explosiveness with a 30 inch vertical – which is more impressive when you consider Krause tips the scales at 305 pounds. The unknown outsider made the Golden Gopher players look bad. Gopher coaches and NFL scouts were curious – who is this guy?
Jake’s successful college career almost never happened. Doctors diagnosed Krause with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma his freshman year at Bemidji. College and football faded into the background. Krause was headed home for treatment. A string of chemotherapy sessions five hours long were used to kill the cancer. In May 2014, a PET scan showed his cancer was wiped out.
Upon his return, Jake dominated opponents and academics. Krause secured NSIC All-Conference honors his junior and senior years while earning academic recognition his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. The NSIC awarded Jake the Glen Galligan Award in 2017, which not only recognizes academic accomplishment but also honors community involvement.
It’s hard not to cheer for Krause as he suits up for the Arizona Hotshots in February 2019. With all he’s overcome, it’s hard to believe the AAF won’t be next.