Fergus Falls Has A Super Bowl QB Connection, Too (Kind Of)

MINNEAPOLIS — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spent time as a young boy at his grandparents’ lake place near Browerville, Minn. This was an early week Super Bowl story and allowed Minnesota media to make a “he’s one of us” connection to the greatest quarterback in NFL history, who will play in Super Bowl LII Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tom Hintgen, a semi-retired newspaperman who writes a weekly column for the Fergus Falls Daily Journal, would like to remind everyone that Eagles QB Carson Wentz — not playing in the big game because of a knee injury — also has Minnesota lakes country connections.

Wentz grew up in Bismarck, N.D., and played college ball at North Dakota State in Fargo, but his mother was born in Fergus Falls and spent the first six years of her life there.

Hintgen forwarded a piece that appeared in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal in late 2017 outlining the Wentz connection to the Otter Tail County city.

Wentz’s grandparents Jim and Bev Schaack and their three sons moved to Fergus Falls in October 1962. Jim managed the White Drug in downtown Fergus.

Their daughter Cathy, who would become Carson’s mother, was born in Fergus Falls on Nov. 25, 1964.

The Schaack sons — Steve, Greg and Brad — attended Our Lady of Victory School in Fergus Falls. Steve and Greg also attended classes at the middle school, according to Hintgen’s article.

Cathy attended Claire Anne Shover Nursery School in Fergus Falls in the late 1960s, according to Hintgen.

The family moved to Jamestown, N.D., in 1970 when Jim Schaack, a pharmacy graduate of NDSU, received a promotion to a be store supervisor. Jim died at age 46 from cancer.

Hintgen talked with Wentz’s grandmother Bev and quoted her as saying: “Jim would have been thrilled to have seen grandson Zach, Carson’s older brother, play for the NDSU baseball team and Carson play for the NDSU football team and the Philadelphia Eagles.”

Bev still resides in Jamestown. The Jamestown Sun did a story on her a few days ago that includes the following wonderful quote:

“As I tell people, he’s made me a celebrity in Jamestown.”

Fergus Falls is about an hour west of Browerville and can claim its own connection to a Super Bowl QB (kind of).