In the grand scheme of things, Aaron O’Gorman’s touchdown in Saturday’s Gustavus Adolphus football game did not have much to do with the outcome.
Sure, it was the game’s first score on the Gusties’ opening possession but, considering the home team went on to defeat St. Olaf 45-19, it did not have a major impact. On a personal level, however, the touchdown could not have been bigger.
Aaron O’Gorman is a St. Peter native who turned out to be a pretty good high school running back. Good enough to earn All-South Central Conference honors and garner some interest from a few small colleges throughout the state. By the middle of his senior year, however, a lot of the interest had waned except for Peter Haugen, the head coach at Gustavus.
“They kept talking to me and, since I still wanted to play football, it seemed like the best place to go.”
O’Gorman, all 5-foot-7, 230 pounds of him, showed up for the first day of practice in the fall of 2010 and proceeded to get his kiester handed to him for two straight season. He was usually on the scout team during practice which means he regularly got hammered by the Gusties’ first-string defense as he tried to emulate opposing running backs.
“When they put out the first depth chart my freshman year I was the very last running back on the list,” O’Gorman said. “It was discouraging but, the way I looked at it, it just meant I had a lot of work to do.
“There were certainly times those first two years when I was getting pounded in practice that I wondered if it was really worth it. But every time I thought about it I just couldn’t imagine not playing football. I had too many friends on the team to give it up.”