As one former Viking looks to extend his playing days to Sundays, another is just beginning his college career.
Decorah natives Brett Van Sloten and Josey Jewell are both looking to make a name for themselves on the gridiron – one in the NFL and another at the University of Iowa.

Draft weekend
Van Sloten, a 6’7”, 300 pound offensive lineman, will be hoping to hear his name called at next weekend’s NFL draft, which begins Thursday, May 8, and runs through Saturday.
He would be the first former Decorah player to be drafted and play in the NFL since Jerry Reichow was picked by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 1956 draft.
Van Sloten graduated from Decorah High School in 2009, having been named elite all-state as a senior and leading his team to a runner-up state championship finish in 2008. He had a successful career at the University of Iowa, where he started all 25 games at right tackle over his last two seasons. He was named to the Leadership Group four times during his career and was a permanent team captain for 2013. He was given the Hayden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” award for offense, was a Players Choice Award for offense and was named second team All-Big Ten by the league coaches and honorable mention All-Big Ten by the league media. He was also named academic All-Big Ten for fourth straight years.
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