After injury, it would have taken a wrecking ball to remove Gindorff from Bison football – InForum
FARGO — This was apparently another play where North Dakota State tight end Noah Gindorff blocked a defensive player off the line of scrimmage. At 6-foot-6 and 266 pounds, Bison’s tight end is a load to handle.
Gindorff shoved him out of play, but just then a defensive tackle from inside landed on the outside of Gindorff’s leg. The leg lost this battle.
Gindorff knew almost instantly it was no good, an injury later diagnosed as a fractured fibula and ligament damage in his ankle. He also knew almost instantly what lay ahead for his future.
A professional prospect who intended to train for the NFL after the season, he was forced to take a detour.
“That’s where all my energy was going to go and getting it all taken away so quickly was pretty tough,” Gindorff said.
Thanks to the extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he knew almost immediately that he was coming back for his sixth year of school. He made it public with one of the most entertaining tweets in Bison football social media history.
Gindorff took a clip from the film “Wolf of Wall Street”, where actor Leonardo DiCaprio announced that he was not leaving his financial company.
“Honestly, it popped into my head almost instantly when it happened,” Gindorff said.
The reaction from Bison fans was a Twitter Stand Up O. Admittedly, there was a swear word in DeCaprio’s impassioned speech to his employees and Gindorff said it was cause for pause.
He too could not resist.
He does not leave. He doesn’t panic when he leaves. Show must go on. They would need a wrecking ball and a SWAT team to get him out of the Fargodome.
“It was too good not to post at the time, so I had to post it,” Gindorff said.
Gindorff said he had already thought about the extra year of eligibility, regardless of his career prospects. When the injury happened, it was as if he had already prepared for it.
Later that night, sore and tired from the injury, he went to dinner with his parents, Mike and Wendy Gindorff, to discuss it further with them. The meal ended with all parties on the same page.
“I obviously appreciate their input on things like that, so it was nice to have them there when it happened,” Noah said. “And having their comfort was important at that time. They were obviously sad but they understood the seriousness of the situation and they wanted what was best for me.
Bison offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Tyler Roehl won’t dispute the end result, saying, “I’ll take Noah Gindorff as long as I can.
With rehabilitation still ongoing, Gindorff has a different role for spring practice. He is more of a student assistant coach and Roehl would be hard pressed to find a more qualified one.
“His communication with the players is just an extension of me,” Roehl said. “I think there is a lot of value for him and for our lads to learn from someone like him who has played at an extremely high level. He is an extremely intelligent footballer and person and he understands the game. I think that helps push him out of his comfort zone to be even more of a vocal leader, and he’s grown into that role over the past two years.
Make no mistake, with tight end Josh Babicz moving into training for the NFL, Gindorff’s return next fall is a major bonus for the Bison. Senior Hunter Luepke is a versatile threat as a running back, fullback and tight end, but Gindorff is the more experienced traditional tight end. Behind him are young players.
Gindorff has played 50 career games. He has 38 receptions and 11 touchdowns and with Babicz riding on those stats, he’s set to take another leap next fall.
This spring, he’s adding a more analytical approach to the game with his coaching duties. It’s not just about what the tight end is doing, he’s seeing what all the other positions are doing on a certain play.
The hope is to be at 100% at the start of summer training.
“As soon as I can,” he said.
He does not leave. He doesn’t panic when he leaves.