Aaron Lindgren: Rise to the top

The term “diamond in the rough” is used constantly in the world of sport referring to an athlete who has been overlooked and doubted, but overcomes these feats to rise to the top. Players like Tom Brady, Thom Abbott, Terrell Davis, etc. Despite criticisms and qualms, the cream will always rise to the top. Sports fans, I have another athlete who has been lost in the shuffle, but will soon surface as a premier athletic talent: his name is Aaron Lindgren.

Lindgren is a two sport athlete (football/baseball) from a small town in Northeast Ohio. Despite being overlooked coming out of high school, Lindgren has proved to scouts and fans that he is the real deal. Lindgren recently finished his senior season of baseball at Division II Lake Erie College, and is entering a 5th season in football.

As a high school athlete, Lindgren amassed a career that we all dream of playing under the Friday Night Lights. At Willoughby South High, Aaron has the all time sack record in a career, most receptions per game, most receiving yards in a game, most receptions in a game, and is within the top of the ranks in numerous other categories including touchdowns and yards in a career. As a two time all Ohio athlete, Lindgren flourished in baseball as well making all conference twice, winning the Lake County HR derby, lead his team to the final 4, and is a top the majority of baseball records as well. To top it off, Lindgren also was invited to the News Herald All Star game, and still holds the record for receptions and receiving yards for the highly touted game.

Aaron received a football scholarship to Lake Erie College and made the team as a walk on for baseball. Lindgren holds the record for career RBI’s (132), Home Runs (27), at bats (583), games started (173), runs scored (125), triples (13), and is second all time in hits with 182.

Outside of his college career, Lindgren attended the Sparq Rating National Championship sponsored by Nike. Out of the millions of high school athletes in the United States, Lindgren placed 13th and still holds the record for farthest power ball throw in the competition. Aaron puts in as much work off the field as he does on being known as a gym rat constantly training and lifting to better himself and improve his already gifted skill set. Lindgren has a top 40 yard dash time of 4.4, benches 225 x 20, and has a squat max of 450 x 3.

Lindgren recently played for an Independent Pro Ball team known as the Lake Erie Crushers. After misfortunate circumstances not involving his play on the field, he is looking to continue his sport career.

Everyone knows a guy or two they grew up with or seen play that they still talk about decades later about how they should have made it to the pros. Let’s not let another diamond get lost in the shuffle, the 5 ‘ 10 , 200 pound receiver and centerfield will surface to the top soon. Remember the name sport fans: Aaron Lindgren.