On the outside, any correlation between the gridiron and being a buyer in the agricultural market might be met with skepticism.
However, as you begin to see the path Morningside senior linebacker/defensive lineman Weston Schultz – a 2017 Mason City High School grad – is taking to work in the family business, it becomes more apparent.
A good example includes days traveling with cattle-buying professionals that mirror bus trips to road games where Schultz gets to know teammates better and has formed bonds.
He has done the same with his dad and others on business trips while advancing through knowledge of the cattle market.
The agriculture industry itself can be typified by the constant work in the classroom and on the practice field to hone his skills in both areas.
Weston’s zest for solid relationships on and off the field comes naturally. His father, Royce, had similar experiences in athletics and agriculture, as has his brother Landon.
“Dad was a great resource when I was trying to decide on where to transfer to,” Schultz said of his decision to leave the University of Northern Iowa. “I did enjoy the University of Northern Iowa, but I wasn’t playing as much as I wanted, mainly being on special teams. There were several others in front of me for linebacker starting slots.
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“We talked about a couple of options, but then Dad said, ‘why not Morningside?’” he added. “He had a great time there as a baseball student-athlete, and I had heard their ag program was tremendous. It just took one visit for me to be sold.”
While he did step on the field as a linebacker last season, Schultz is poised for a chance along the defensive line this year. Although it’s a change, he does have a “cheat sheet” in the family as his brother played the same position.
“It’s a little different, as I’ve played linebacker all my life,” he said. “I’ve never had my hand in the dirt. It’s been a lot of work on hand placement, feet driving, and being faster off the snap. Along the defensive line, you have to get on your blocks right away compared to seeing everything as a linebacker.”
“Having watched and learned from my brother somewhat when I was younger, we were able to get into the field this summer and work out together,” he added. “He told me it comes down to staying in my gap to support run defense and then get to the quarterback as fast as you if a pass play is in progress. Regardless of the position, I love defense and tackling – it’s a lot of fun.”
Similar to feelings he has about farming and pretty much anything outdoors.
“Being in a farm family has you playing and working outside in a lot of instances,” Schultz said. “From hunting trips to the old family farm in Schleswig to playing golf, I enjoy all of the possibilities the outdoor life offers.”