A highly sought-after athlete from Eagan, Minnesota, Zach Zenner eventually found himself playing running back at South Dakota State, where he became the first FCS running back to rush for 2,000 yards in three different seasons and finished 12 yards shy of setting the FCS’ all-time rushing record. Zenner arrived in Brookings for football practice in the summer of 2010. With med-school in his future, Zenner was signed by the NFL’s Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2015.

His college football coach praised him in the Startribune

“In my 31 years of coaching football, Zach Zenner may be the most complete student-athlete that I’ve been associated with,” SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier said. “Zach is humble and brilliant … He defines the term ‘student-athlete.’ ”

I also had a chance several times to talk to Stiegelmeier about Zenner and his faith-walk leadership on campus. Coach Stig told me once, “Zach walks hand-in-hand with the Lord, not saying he is Zach’s lead blocker, but Zach’s relationship he has with his Savior and how he shares it, makes him so important to the FCA here on campus.”

Zenner loves sharing his love for Jesus with young kids. Zenner also loves sharing his college influences in his faith-walk as a freshman in Brookings.

Listen to that story here.

Zach Zenner on influences in faith walk

Listen to the entire interview here. Zenner and Lions’ teammate Riley Reiff were in South Dakota this weekend participating in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire Celebrity Walleye Classic near Willow Lake, South Dakota. Reiff is from Parkston, South Dakota and played college football at Iowa.

Zach Zenner with Brad Peterson

Photo: SDSU FCA

2 Responses to "NFL running back Zach Zenner shares his faith-walk at South Dakota State"

  • Dr. Bobby Joiner says:

    Hello. I am tour pastor with Christian music’s Winter Jam. Each year, we do several Winter Jam concerts in the Michigan area . If he could and would, we would be honored to have Zach come and open up one of our Winter Jam concerts with prayer in one of the 50 plus cities we will be doing in 2017.

    Or we would love to just have him come ,bring his family and be our guest and hang out to enjoy a great Christian concert.)
    Check Jamtour.Com for our concert schedule dates.
    (We have had several professional sports stars and other well known Christians do this. Coach Mark Richt, Dr. Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Albert Pujols,Sam Acho—to name a few. Having Zach open with prayer would humble us and be greatly appreciated by the audience,)
    Thank you for anything you could do to maybe make this happen. My cell number is 2292969878.
    Respectfully—Bobby Joiner

  • […] where he ran himself into the Jackrabbits record books. You can read about his accomplishments in this article from Life 96.5’s web site. His coach said about him “Zach walks hand-in-hand with the Lord, not saying he is Zach’s […]

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