Would it surprise you to learn that the kicker for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks attended Middlebury College, the prestigious, small liberal arts college in Vermont? Well, Steven Hauschka sure did! A native of a suburb of Boston, Hauschka matriculated to Middlebury to play on the university’s Division III soccer team. He would study neuroscience at the Vermont college, but Hauschka proved too slow to play for the soccer team. That’s right — he wasn’t fast enough to play for the DIII school. So his roommate, himself a football player, swayed Hauschka to try out for the football team as a kicker. And that he did. Less running, right?
According to a profile of the Middlebury kicker in “The Wall Street Journal,” “He graduated in 2007 with a stellar kicking résumé—he holds the Middlebury records for field goals in a season (10) and in a career (20)—and a neuroscience degree. Hauschka was set to follow in his mother’s footsteps as a dentist, having already put down a deposit to attend Tufts University’s dental school, but he decided to call about 20 Division I colleges to see whether they would be interested in a year of his services. The only school that responded was North Carolina State, so he headed South and played football for a year with quarterback Russell Wilson, who is now his Seattle Seahawks teammate. After going 16-for-18 in his only year there, he bounced around with several NFL teams, including the Broncos, but never held a secure job until he signed with Seattle in 2011.”
The story of Steven Hauschka goes to show you that you can discover one of your greatest talents in life when you least expect it. It goes to show you that attending a DIII school will not preclude you from playing in the big leagues — even if it means you have to attend NC State for a year. It goes to show you that there is a Middlebury grad with a degree in neuroscience playing in the NFL. And Hauschka can now claim that he is a Super Bowl champion. Congratulations to Steven Hauschka and Middlebury College. What a wonderfully inspiring story!