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Haeg helps Bison win 4th title

Joe Haeg has played a huge role in helping the North Dakota State University Bison football team make history. The NDSU junior offensive lineman, a Lake Shore resident who attended Nisswa Elementary School before graduating from Brainerd High Sch...

Joe Haeg, 59, of Lake Shore celebrates with family after the North Dakota State University Bison football team won the national championship on Saturday, Jan. 8, in Texas. Pictured are Cody Costello, left, Janet Haeg, Joe Haeg, Laura Haeg and Rick Haeg. Submitted photo
Joe Haeg, 59, of Lake Shore celebrates with family after the North Dakota State University Bison football team won the national championship on Saturday, Jan. 8, in Texas. Pictured are Cody Costello, left, Janet Haeg, Joe Haeg, Laura Haeg and Rick Haeg. Submitted photo

Joe Haeg has played a huge role in helping the North Dakota State University Bison football team make history.

The NDSU junior offensive lineman, a Lake Shore resident who attended Nisswa Elementary School before graduating from Brainerd High School, has been a three-year starter with the Bison and helped the team win its record fourth straight Division I national championship on Saturday, Jan. 10.

Haeg, who started the past two years on the right side of the Bison offensive line, was switched over to left tackle this season. Not only did he play well enough to earn numerous post-season awards, but NDSU quarterback Carson Wentz ran through a hole that Haeg helped created to score the winning touchdown with 37 seconds remaining for a 29-27 comeback victory over Illinois State in last weekend's title game in Frisco, Texas.

Haeg, and is offensive linemates, helped the Bison rush for a combined 161 yards in the championship game, including Wentz' 5-yard winning carry.

The national championship is the 12th in NDSU history, including eight won before the move to Division I. The Bison finish this season 15-1 overall, and has compiled a 58-3 record over the past four years.

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Haeg said he plans to return next season for his senior year at NDSU.

"Joe had a phenomenal year," said NDSU head coach Chris Klieman. "He is an exceptional leader and one of the premier offensive linemen in all of (the Football Championship Subdivision). I'm excited for him to have one more season."

Haeg's family, including his parents Janet and Rick, and sister Laura, all traveled to Texas to watch the Division I title game.

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