[Photo courtesy South Dakota Athletics]
SOUTH DAKOTA ROYALTY
Streveler has become a celebrity around Vermillion.
At halftime of a recent women’s basketball game, he took part in a passing contest against South Dakota student Sawyer Stevens.
During the Big Ten Conference championship game, Stevens won $100,000 in scholarship money in the Dr. Pepper Challenge passing game where two contestants throw footballs into a large soda can.
“I won by one throw,” Streveler said. “That was fun. I was trying to tell him I need a cut of that $100,000.”
Earlier that same week, Streveler was a guest at a scholarship dinner, where he met a number of local donors who support the university’s scholarship fund.
Streveler, who regularly grows plenty of facial hair, also learned about Coyotes men’s basketball coach Craig Smith’s hopes for a new promotion this season.
“I heard he was talking about having a Chris Streveler Night, and everybody would get a beard,” Streveler said with a laugh.
“It’s all those little things,” Streveler said. “That’s what makes Vermillion such a cool place.”
Streveler recently signed with an agent and will pursue an NFL opportunity.
He will return to Vermillion in a few weeks to begin training, despite his right thumb currently being in a cast from an injury suffered late in the regular season.
The thumb will require a few more weeks of rest before he begins throwing. At that time, Streveler said he plans to return to the Chicago area to work with his personal coach, former Eastern Illinois quarterback Jeff Christensen.
He will take part in South Dakota’s annual pro day for NFL scouts March 30. The school combines its pro day with South Dakota State, a team that this season boasted top NFL tight end prospect Dallas Goedert and standout wide receiver Jake Wieneke.
“It’s a cool opportunity,” Streveler said. “I think there will be quite a few teams there. Hopefully, I can get one to like me.”