Last season, Edlund tied the Crown single game record for tackles.
Luke Edlund - Junior football player at Crown College
CHS Class of 2015
Major - Youth and Family Ministry
Career Hopes - Youth Pastor and Coach
Other CHS Sports - Wrestling and Baseball
How did you decide to play football collegiately?
I thought about playing baseball in college, but I just enjoyed football more. I’ve always had a love for my sport. My brothers also shared that. I even got the chance to play with my brothers here.
What other schools were you considering?
There were a couple smaller schools that expressed interest, but they didn’t have the degrees I was looking for. Crown was a great option for what I wanted to do in the future. I also got to play some football. The coaches just developed relationships with me and I really got a feeling for what the program was about and how the coaches valued the players. It wasn’t too hard of a decision.
What was your biggest accomplishment in high school sports?
I lettered every year in all my sports and started every year. For wrestling, I think I had over 75 wins. I was kind of just the workhouse player that did what he was told. I wasn’t really in it for the accolades.
What is your biggest accomplishment in sports after high school?
This last year, I tied the school record for tackles in a game with 18.
Do you like playing defense more?
Yeah I do. In high school, I did both and I do miss offense a little bit. But right now I know defense and I’m really comfortable
Who was your favorite coach in high school?
Scott Butt was probably my favorite. But I really enjoyed having Gary Stegman in eighth grade year.
What is something Coach Butt did or said that has stuck with you?
Coach Butt introduced the WIN principle. It stands for What’s Important Now. Basically you try your absolute best at what’s important at that time. If you’re in the classroom, you want to be the best student you can be. If you’re on the field, you want to be the best athlete you can be.
What is an aspect of your game that has changed dramatically between high school and college?
I didn’t understand the sport in high school I don’t think. When I got to college, my skill level increased quite a bit. I think it came from understanding defensive concepts and different things I didn’t quite get in high school.
How did you handle the pressures of transitioning from high school to college ball?
For me, not a lot changed. There is an added pressure to perform and to win. For me, I just love to compete. So every practice, I saw as an opportunity to compete and show people that I’m better than they think I am. I’m usually smaller than the guy across from me and I think people underestimate so I like the opportunity to show them I can do more than they think I can.
Is there a memory where you disproved someone?
There’s a collection I guess. Throughout the years I’ve been here, I’ve had fullbacks and offensive lineman come up to me after a game and let me know I play a lot better than I look. Which I never know if I should take as a compliment or an insult. It’s quite the experience.
What surprised you at your first college practice?
Everyone’s bigger, faster and there’s a lot less people below average. Even playing at a DIII level, everyone’s pretty much good. No one is bad. It’s a higher level of competition. It was pretty shocking and I wasn’t really expecting that from a DIII school.
What is your daily routine when in season?
In season, we lift twice a week. I usually take about 18 credits a semester so I’ll 2-4 classes a day and then three hours of football practice. Then after that, I’ll go right to homework and then I usually have a closing shift at my job. Not a lot of time to relax, but I think it’s definitely work it. Through it all, I think I’m growing as a person.
What do you miss about playing in Crookston?
Crookston is a smaller school so I miss being able to bounce around positions. I play inside and outside linebacker now and in high school, I could play multiple positions.
What is your trick to keep up with classwork and stay consistent in your game?
Just having a disciplined time schedule and planning everything out. Schedule time for homework rather than just doing it lackadaisically.
Does playing a sport help you manage your time?
I think it forces me to be a lot more aware. If it was just school, I don’t know if I would do as well. My schedule forces me to make time for school, relationships and people. It makes me a lot more organized as a person.
How has playing collegiately helped you prepare for life after school and sports?
Sports in general has benefits to competing and learning about adversity. You face opponents that are a lot bigger, stronger and tougher than you. Life is going to have times where you’re going through things and you’ll have a hard time competing. Going through that as an athlete, it really helps you prepare for things in life. I’m not always pumped to go to four classes and I’m not always pumped for three hours of football after those classes. I’ve definitely seen a lot of growth from my freshman year.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about playing a sport in college?
Just do it. If you love the sport and want another chance to show what you can do, there’s not a lot of other opportunities in life to take a chance like that. I’ve got one more year to play the sport I love and then I’ll never be able to play it again competitively. I might be able to peak in through a coaching perspective, but that’s not like being on the field. I don’t think anyone on my team has every regretted it. I certainly never have.
Will you be ready when it all comes to an end?
I know my body is ready. Every year I play, I feel a little bit older. Mentally, that’s a tough question. It might be a tough reality when it’s over. I’ve never been a person to live in the past so I’m excited for the future and the new challenges life will bring me. My time was well spent here and I’m excited for one more season to play the sport I love.