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Bowman County’s Headley to continue football career at Minnesota State University Moorhead

Playing wide receiver and defensive back for the Bulldogs, Headley was an integral part of their run to the semifinals in 2021.

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Brody Headley on National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at Bowman County High School.
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National Signing Day rolled around on Wednesday, Feb. 2nd, and the Bowman County Bulldogs had a standout athlete to highlight the festivities.

Fresh off a trip to the Class B semifinals in 2021, the Bowman County football team figured to have some players looking to continue their athletic careers at the next level.

Senior wide receiver/defensive back Brody Headley signed his letter of intent on Wednesday to continue his football career at Minnesota State University Moorhead this fall.

A Division II institution out of Moorhead, Minnesota, the Dragons compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, having won 14 conference titles.

“We are proud of Brody for all of his hard work, perseverance, and dedication to the Bowman County football team,” Bowman County head coach Nick Walker said. “He is a great young man and we are excited for his future at MSUM.”

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For Headley, it was always the goal to play at the next level since his early playing years.

“It was always a dream of mine once I started in fourth grade,” Headley said. “They had all the Madden games out and I was like ‘Man, it’d be so cool to play at the next level whether it be college or the NFL. It really started to hit me in junior high because I had upperclassmen that were teammates of mine in track and everything that were getting offered to go play at college for football and I thought if they can do it, I sure can.”

That belief drove Headley throughout his football career. It was slow at first when it was time to start looking at colleges, but he knew the results would eventually show.

He said the recruiting process was time consuming and it tested his patience. He put his name out there for colleges to pick up, but interest wasn’t building yet. Eventually, the interest and offers began to roll in before his senior season began, including from Dickinson State, University of Mary, and Minot State.

On National Signing Day, Headley put pen to paper and committed to MSUM. For him, the off the field chemistry the Dragons showed was just as important as the football on the field.

“I went on visits to other teams and there’s a bunch of great programs but Moorhead just felt like a family,” Headley said. “They’re playing for something bigger than football. I’ll have friends for the rest of my life and I’ll learn life lessons along with playing my favorite sport.”

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Bowman County wide receiver Brody Headley (33) makes a catch in the Bulldogs' quarterfinal win over Des Lacs-Burlington on Oct. 30, 2021 at Bowman County High School.
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Playing wide receiver and defensive back for the Bulldogs, he was an integral part of their run to the semifinals this past season. In the regular season, he had 39 catches for 427 yards and five touchdowns, as well as being a part of a defensive unit that held opponents to 12 points per game. He was a three-time all-region player, helping Bowman County reach the playoffs in all four of his years.

“We’ve had some great football players come through,” Headley said. “Some of the people I look up to the most when I think about football are Jacob Svihovec, Matthew Osendorf, and Caleb Duffield. Those have been people that I wanted to look up to and be as good as. Walker has always taken them and made them into the elite athletes Bowman County needed.”

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He said MSUM talked to him about playing both defensive back and wide receiver, as well as help out on return duties. But he’s open to playing wherever, as long as it helps the team. He highlighted his family, coaches, and teammates for helping him reach this level.

“Without coach Walker I would have no idea what I’d be doing," Headley said. "He turned me into the football player that I am today. My teammates were always there to support me and tell me ‘you gotta do better here’ or ‘you’re doing really good here’ and having those people point me in the right direction to be better.”

With a few months left in the school year, the anticipation will only grow for Headley as fall approaches, who is already ecstatic about the opportunity to play for MSUM.

“I’m on the edge of my seat,” Headley said. “If I had the choice right now I’d throw on the pads and get hit right now. I’m very excited. It's definitely the opportunity of a lifetime and I couldn’t thank god enough.”

He is one of two from southwest North Dakota, along with Trinity's Trenten Bertelsen , to play for the Dragons this coming fall.

Race Archibald is a former sports reporter with The Dickinson Press.
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