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Continued: Peter Westerhaus: Stronger than a rock, tougher than a disease

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 4, 2014 - 11:53 AM

He said he would like to open his own business someday, like his father, who owns Survey & Ballot Systems in Eden Prairie.

Westerhaus will remain on full scholarship, with a medical waiver, allowing the Gophers to award another player one of their 85 allotted scholarships.

“He’s still a huge part of this team, in my opinion, and he will become more a part of it as he gets healed up,” Kill said. “I told him, in some ways, he’s done more here than some of the ones who’ve played. You look at him and what he’s gone through, if you can’t get inspired by that …”

Westerhaus loves to hunt and fish and intends to throw himself into those hobbies, now that his playing days are finished. He once dreamed of an NFL career. Now?

“I’m just enjoying every day,” Westerhaus said recently, while devouring a cheeseburger near campus. “Like this lunch — this is fantastic.”

His friends are thrilled to see him back on his feet. Holy Family football coach Dave Hopkins said more than 45 people have let him know they’ll be at the Hilton Minneapolis on Sunday, to see Westerhaus accept his award.

It’s been tough for Hopkins to see Westerhaus’ football dreams ripped away, but neither wastes time asking why.

“I know there will be more good than bad that comes out of it because it happened to Peter Westerhaus,” Hopkins said. “And he can bring out the best in anything.”



 

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