Catching up with Mike Nentl over Labor Day weekend, he was doing what he usually does when he comes home to see his family – walking the track at the Gobblers facility, doing eight laps around so he can keep track of how far he is walking, according to the two-time Athlete of the Year.
Nentl graduated from Aitkin in 1977 and then spent four years playing football and baseball at St. John’s University in Collegeville.
He played for nationally recognized coach John Gagliardi and has fond memories.
“It was great playing for John, he taught me so much about football and life, he won his 200th game my senior year when I started every game and then went on to win another 280 games before retiring,” Nentl said. “He taught us team comraderie and to always be prepared so when it’s your turn to contribute you’ll be ready.
Nentl said one of his fondest memories is when his brother Kevin brought some Little League players down to watch Nentl…