Derting's dad talks about son's future

WILL DERTING, DIPLOMA in hand, is back home in Okanogan County. The legendary Cougar, once destined for the NFL, now has his sights set on breaking colts -- real ones, that is, as opposed to quarterbacks from Indianapolis. After weeks of speculation about his future, the star linebacker's dad makes it official in the hometown newspaper, The Omak Chronicle, that his son's knee injury has ended his career.

Brad Derting said doctors told his son last fall that football was over, but Derting defied them and the odds to return for one last victorious hurrah in the Apple Cup, The Chronicle reports.

"He's a tough son of a gun," his father Brad told The Chronicle. "He went to every game he was involved in — I like to call it the Butkus mentality — like they are the enemy and we stop them."

Derting was a lightly recruited gem pulled out of Okanogan by Mike Price. He redhsirted his first season with a knee injury and then burst onto the scene with a 98-yard interception return for a TD against Nevada in the 2002 season opener at Seahawks Stadium. By the end of 2003 he was first-team All-Pac-10 and a pre-season All-American.

Click here to read the full story in The Omak Chronicle.

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