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12/2/99 Jake Estenson picked to play in Aztec Bowl |Jake Estenson

Concordia's Jake Estenson (Sr., OT, 6-5, 280, Rice Lake, WI), a two time All-MIAC honoree and 1999 Cobber Captain, has been picked as one of 40 Division III players making up the American squad for the December 18 Aztec Bowl football game in Mexico City.

The Aztec Bowl, sponsored by the American Football Coaches Assosication (www.afca.com), matches a group of USA Division III All-Stars against a Mexican All-Star Team.  Kickoff is set for Noon CST Dec. 18 at Polytechnic University in Mexico City.

The US team will be coached for the third consecutive year by former Central of Iowa head coach Ron Schipper.

Estenson will be the second Cobber to take part in the Aztec Bowl. Tory Langemo played in the 1997 game, the first year that this game was sponsored by the AFCA.  He caught 5 passes in that game to help the USA post a 42-41 win.


AFCA News Release 12/2/99

Concordia College’s Jake Estenson Named to the AFCA’s 1999 Aztec Bowl Squad

WACO, TEX. — Concordia-Moorhead offensive lineman Jake Estenson has been selected to play for the American Football Coaches Association’s Division III all-star team that will represent the United States against the Mexican National Team in the 1999 Aztec Bowl on December 18 in Mexico City.

Estenson, a senior from Rice Lake, Wis., is a two-time All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection for the Cobbers and was a team captain in 1999. He began his career as defensive lineman before making the switch to offense as a junior.

Estenson is one of 40 NCAA Division III seniors from around the country who will make up this year’s team. Former Central (Iowa) College Head Coach Ron Schipper will coach the team for the third consecutive year.

This year’s game will kick off at noon CST on December 18 and will be played at Wilfrido Massieu Stadium on the campus of Polytechnic University in Mexico City. No U.S. television is planned at this time. Results will be available on the AFCA’s website at www.afca.com.

The Aztec Bowl is the traditional season-ending game for Mexico’s college football season. The game has been played 28 times since 1947 with the last two contests in 1997 and 1998 featuring the United States-Mexico match-up. Mexico faced a mixture of NCAA and NAIA colleges, junior colleges, armed forces teams and international teams in the 26 Aztec Bowls prior to 1997. In their first two Aztec Bowl meetings, the United States Division III all-stars defeated Mexico 40-13 in 1998 in Monterrey, and 42-41 in the 1997 game in Toluca, a suburb of Mexico City.

Mall.com Sponsoring USA Team: Internet retailer Mall.com is the official sponsor for the USA Team at this year’s Aztec Bowl. Mall.com is a premier shopping mall facilitating E-commerce via the internet by bringing consumers and merchants together in an interactive and entertaining community. Mall.com is not just an E-commerce property allowing people to buy and sell products. It is also a place for entertainment.

Aztec Bowl Alumni: Three former USA Team members, London Fletcher, Ryan Collins and Clint Kriewaldt, are currently playing in the National Football League. Fletcher, who played collegiately at John Carroll and was a member of the 1997 U.S. team, is a starting linebacker with the St. Louis Rams.  Collins, a tight end from St. Thomas (Minn.) on the 1997 U.S. team, is currently on the Baltimore Ravens’ roster. Kriewaldt was the Detroit Lions’ 1999 fifth-round draft pick out of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and played in the 1998 Aztec Bowl.

The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 8,000 members around the world, ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching.”
 
 

For more on the game go to http://www.afca.com/lev2.cfm/152
 
 
 

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