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Northwestern's Mazur Uses Voice to Inspire Tigers Beyond Graduation

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: June 14, 2020 11:15 PM

On every team there's only one number one.

For Northwestern, that was pitcher/shortstop and running back Bryson Mazur.

He lived up to his jersey number by becoming one of the Tiger's top rushers and a football captain his senior year.

"It wasn't anything that I was intimidated by," Mazur said on becoming a Northwestern football team captain. "In my mind, I was like you know what, it's my time to go and really give it our best and [I] knew we'd be successful."

Off the field Mazur has continued to tackle big responsibilities. The recent high school graduate used his voice to call for change by participating in a protest following the death of George Floyd.

"These are my brothers and sisters, you know, they're not going to judge me, so I went and it was a great experience. I mean I was nervous at first, you know quiet, just kind of watching what was going on, and then started to get into it. It was really nice because it was very peaceful," Mazur said. "It really opened up my eyes to, you know, my community and the people that surround me."

Community support was also something Mazur experienced in athletics.

Tallying around 550 rushing yards, he helped Northwestern football to a WIAA level 3 playoff appearance and 11-1 overall record last fall, staying perfect in front of their home crowd.

"As we start walking down, [the crowd] goes crazy and music's playing and you know that it's time to shine, time to put on a show. A lot of the times I haven't even met some of these people coming up to me saying 'my kid looks up to you'. I never knew I had that big of an impact on my community."

Following a strong season on the gridiron, Mazur was hoping to mirror that on the diamond. However canceled spring seasons meant he wouldn't cap off his high school athletic career batting for Tiger baseball.

"We had a lot of seniors, a lot of guys that play together, so we were really hoping for a good season. We never really had any closure to see how far we could go and how good we actually can be," Mazur added. 

Staying positive, he is now focusing on becoming stronger and faster ahead of his freshman football season at MSU-Moorhead.

For future Tigers, he leaves behind a gift born from a passion off the field, a Northwestern bass fishing club.


Alicia Tipcke

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