There are a lot of things to be excited about when it comes to the Eagles first round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Tight end Dallas Goedert out of South Dakota State checks a lot of boxes for Philadelphia’s offense, and should even propel Zach Ertz’ game in the two tight-end sets.
That’s all well and great, but what really sold me on Goedert was learning that he rides a six-foot unicycle.
Look, I’m not even convinced I could still ride a bike with two wheels, let alone something with only one wheel that stands taller than I do. Goedert is big. At 6’5, 256 pounds, even being able to get up on a unicycle is impressive, let alone to ride it around as a hobby. But don’t worry, he isn’t riding alone, the unicycle is a family tradition.
The tight end explained how he ended up following in his families footsteps in an interview with Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com:
“There was one day when I was looking through the JC Penney catalog for Christmas for what I wanted and I saw a unicycle and thought that would be really cool to try. I told my mom I wanted a unicycle and she said my grandpa actually has a bunch of them sitting in his shop so we went out there and got one. My mom and my sisters used to ride them all the time so she brought one out and just hopped right on and started riding it, and I’m like, ‘Man, I want to be able to do that.’ So I just got on and started practicing. My family has been riding in parades on the Fourth of July probably since I was 8 years old.”
Big personalities have a way of shining in Philadelphia — helloooo Jason Kelce — and Goedert seems to embrace enjoying life on and off the field.
The former walk-on for SDSU excelled in the college ranks, finishing his senior campaign with 1,111 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 72 receptions. Goedert is ready to get to work with Carson Wentz and Zach Ertz and make an impact his rookie season.
“Carson is a great player and I’m excited to work with him, and I’m excited to be in the tight end room with Zach and just excited to get to work,” Goedert said. “I love to play the game and I have fun and I think I’m going to fit in there. I’m going to compete and I’m going to work on becoming the best player I can be.”
I just hope he shows up to rookie camp riding his unicycle.
A fellow Missouri Valley Alum hailing from the lesser Dakota .... @goedert33 welcome to the squad bro! Big things comin. We gotta represent the FCS, MVFC, and the Dakotas well my man. Let’s go!— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) April 28, 2018
Welcome to Philly @goedert33!! Let’s get to work! #FlyEaglesFly— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) April 28, 2018
I like the eagles pick of a TE in the second round. My only concern is if @cj_wentz will throw the ball to a guy from the wrong Dakota school.— Stefen Wisniewski (@stefenwiz61) April 28, 2018
DAKOTA BOYS!!! Congrats @goedert33 welcome to the family ✊— NG (@NathanGerry) April 28, 2018