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Bulldog & Papermaker Alumni

Mike Verstegen

Mike was a lineman for the Papermakers and an All-Big 10 lineman for the Wisconsin Badgers. He followed that by playing in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints, who selected him in the third round of the 1995 draft, and later with the St. Louis Rams.

Matt "The Boomer" Vanden Boom

The "Boomer" was one of the toughest hitters the Badgers have ever put on the field at the safety position. He was twice named first team All-Big 10. His three interceptions against Michigan in 1981 rank as one of the great Badger single game performances. He was a 1983 fifth round draft pick by the Buffalo Bills.

A.J. Klein

A.J. Klein

A. J. Klein was a two time, back-to-back, WIAA State Champion outside linebacker for the Papermakers and is currently a linebacker for the Carolina Panthers. He played college football at Iowa State and was drafted by the Panthers in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Colten Heagle

Colten Heagle was a two time, back-to-back, WIAA State Champion for the Papermakers and is currently the leading tackler in North Dakota State history. He is also a four time FCS National Champion.

Mike Hardy

Mike Hardy was a two time, back-to-back, WIAA State Champion defensive lineman for the Papermakers and is currently the starting defensive end for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Mike won the "Next Man In" award for the Hawkeyes last season after filling in down the stretch and starting the final six games.

NCAA Scholarship Athletes:

We will try to list all the athletes that have played for the Kimberly Bulldogs and/or The Kimberly Papermaker football teams. This is a work in progress, as we get names, past and present, they will be added to the roster. If you know of anyone please send the information to:


Ty Romenesko - (FB) Minnesota State - Mankato

Logan Nelson - (FB) Winona State University

Nicholas Peters - (FB) UW LaCrosse



Brett Verstegen - (FB) Wisconsin Badgers

Jack De Groot - (FB) Winona State University

Evan Dux - (FB) Winona State University

Spencer Hermus - (FB) Minnesota State - Mankato

Connor McCorrmick - (FB) Minnesota State - Mankato

Sam Plucker - (FB) Montana State University

Marcus Matchie - (Track) UW Milwaukee

Korey Hietpas - (FB) UW Stevens Point