Jim Pearson deals with a lot of yardage. During the week, he helps students land their drives in the middle of the fairway at more than 200 yards. On the weekends, he helps NFL referees decide whether the football crossed into the end zone or should be placed at the one-yard line.
Joey Lee has been a quarterback since he started playing organized football in seventh grade. Growing up in Dawson, Minn. and attending Dawson-Boyd High School from 2011–2014, Lee earned himself a MFCA All-Star selection his senior year, three appearances in the 1A state championship game and a state title in 2011. After high school, he decided to continue his football career at Bethel University.
Cramped in the basement of the Hagstrom Center adjacent of the mailroom, the windowless office bares a resemblance to solitary confinement. The walls, made of cinder block, are painted a ghostly white. The room is illuminated by a single bank of fluorescent lights that make the monotonous shade on the walls glow bright enough to cause a headache.
Last Saturday, you may not have seen hundreds of Bethel students decked out in flannel at the University of Minnesota’s Roy Griak Invitational, but you would have seen Bethel place third overall at the meet, the top finish for all MIAC competitors.
Bethel University’s football roster looks a little different this year and it’s not because of the new talent stepping out onto the field or past players taking on different positions. Rather, it’s their headshots that are causing people to look twice.