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An Alaskan High School Football Player Let The Results Of A Bear Hunt Decide Where He'd Play In College

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What’s your process for making a really tough decision? Do you flip a coin? Consult the wisdom of your parents? Maybe you make a spreadsheet. Chase Ferris of Palmer, Alaska had to decide between playing college football for the University of Mary or attending the University of Wyoming. So he went on a bear hunt and let his future hinge on whether or not he could kill the bear. Dead bear = football. Bear escapes = no football. From the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman:

Ferris, a standout in multiple sports and the classroom at Palmer High, is also an avid outdoorsman. He picked a spring bear hunt earlier this year to help him make the final decision. If he got the elusive bear he’d tracked before, Ferris would follow the call to play football at the University of Mary. If not, Ferris would turn his focus to academics at the University of Wyoming.

As it turned out, the hunt was a success. And now Ferris, a two-time all-state running back, is ready to make the run to the next level.

“I let it all come down to fate, and fate chose University of Mary,” Ferris said Monday after he signed his National Letter of Intent to attend the Bismarck, North Dakota, school and play for the Division II Marauders. “We’d gone up for (the bear) once. We hadn’t seen it in two days. I said, we kill it, I’ll go play football.”


Our feelings on bears and bear hunting are well known, but at least he actually tracked it unlike fakin’-ass Mike Huckabee shooting defenseless pheasants.

h/t Gavin

Staff writer, Deadspin

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