South Bend, Washington celebrated Gehrig Dieter’s high school football career

South Bend, Washington celebrated Gehrig Dieter’s high school football career

Gehrig'S Dieter Jersey Retirement Ceremony During The South Bend Riley-South Bend Washington High School Football Game On Friday, September 23, 2022 At Tcu Field In South Bend, Indiana.

SOUTH BEND – When Gehrig Dieter planned his jersey retirement event with South Bend, Washington athletic director Garland Hudson, there was only one food he wanted to have: Barnaby’s pizza.

You can take the boy — now a 29-year-old former NFL football player with a wife and two children — out of South Bend, but you can’t take South Bend out of the boy.

“I’m a big pizza guy,” Dieter said Friday before South Bend Washington’s football game against South Bend Riley. “Barnaby’s, you can’t go wrong.”

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Now in Olathe, Kan. Dieter, who lives there, said every time he returns home, he tries to stop at his favorite childhood pizza shop on East Jefferson Street. As a wideout with the Panthers from 2009-2012, Dieter dominated the local gridiron and finished with 4,336 receiving yards, setting several Indiana high school football state records that still stand. He also recorded 50 tackles for Washington, all but one.

Washington's Gehrig Dieter tackles Penn's Michael Mason (25) at the one yard line Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Penn High School in Mishawaka.

Dieter went on to play college football at South Methodist and Bowling Green, where he caught 94 passes for 1,033 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior in 2015.

The following year, Dieter transferred to play for Nick Saban at Alabama. There he played in 13 games, collecting 15 catches for 214 yards and four touchdowns. The Crimson Tide – a roster that included future NFL stars Hurts, Calvin Ridley, Irv Smith Jr., Rashaan Evans and Trevon Diggs – lost the College Football Playoff championship 35-31 when Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson scored with one second left.

Alabama wide receiver Gehrig Dieter strong arms Auburn linebacker Darrell Williams during the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Dieter caught a 10-yard pass in both the Peach Bowl semifinals against Washington and the title game. In the year He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2017, becoming a valuable member of the practice squad and playing in 10 games over five seasons, including a playoff game. Caught two NFL passes for 32 yards.


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