For Sacred Heart students in grades 5-12th the first day of school culminated in a visit from quarterback and Grand Forks local Brooks Bollinger. Bollinger shared his path through life and called on students to be the best versions of themselves. He spoke about his own career and faith journey asking students to “be relentless about your path.” He also encouraged students to realize how lucky they are to be at a place like Sacred Heart and to be thoughtful about their time at Sacred Heart. “Leave your mark on this place.” Bollinger reflected on his time at St. Michael’s Catholic School and later as an athlete at Grand Forks Central and beyond remarking on how his Catholic faith in practice did not need to be separate from his goals in life. “I understood before I could lead others I had to lead myself.” He reminded Sacred Heart students that it is up to them to decide what it is they value and understand that decisions they choose to make today reflect on those values.
Brooks Bollinger is a former American football quarterback and current coach. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin. Bollinger has also been a member of the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Florida Tuskers. Bollinger played quarterback for Central High School in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He played in every game while attending the school and passed for 40 touchdowns and ran for 19 more. He was also drafted twice in 2000 and 2001 by the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.
Bollinger is the fourth guest speaker brought to Sacred Heart for the school’s DAY ONE activities.
Previous speakers include
- 2017 – Olympian Laurie Hernandez
- 2016 – “Remember the Titans” Coach Herman Boone and
- 2015 former Minnesota Viking, Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens and current Director of Player Development for the National Football, Matt Birk.