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FNS Photo by David Samson North Dakota State’s Cole Jirik, right, battles Towson’s Charles Johnson during the FCS National Championship game on Jan. 4 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Jirik has surgery, put NFL hopes on hold

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FARGO — If the only goal for North Dakota State defensive end Cole Jirik was to play professional football, he would have had surgery earlier this fall. It would have virtually assured him good health in front of the pro scouts.


Instead, gutting it out with his Bison teammates won out.

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Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.