The Passing of Tyler Jangula
Bison Nation was shocked this last weekend when they heard the news of the passing of Tyler Jangula, the most shocking part was that he was only 28 years old. Jangula had just under went surgery to repair his Achilles tendon, and was at home resting two days after. He passed away in his sleep due to some complications from the surgery, we are still waiting to hear the results of the autopsy at this point. Jangula played for NDSU from 2004 – 2008 as a fullback.
Tyler grew up in Williston, North Dakota and ended up playing for the Bison as a fullback. When viewing his profile he is described as: “a runaway train,” a “devastating blocker” and a “tough, hard-nosed player.” Jangula was even quoted saying:
“I’m really not trying to make people miss, I’m trying to run them over.”
Jangula’s story and how people describe him are really interesting considering the time and the place. When he arrived to NDSU they had just made the move to Division I, however they were not eligible to make it to the playoffs the years he suited up, due to a probationary period for teams making the jump up to D-I. During these years the team had much success including 2 epic battles against the Golden Gophers of Minnesota. One ended up in a 1 point loss in 2006, but in 2007 the Bison reigned victorious. These years were inspiring in that in fact NDSU could play with the “big boys.” They gave us confidence and paved the way for great things to come. Looking back on this type of player, a hard-nosed grinder who playing for the love of the game. A selfless blocker who carved a path for other players, but giving his all nevertheless. Playing for pride, Bison Pride, knowing that even if you went undefeated you weren’t going to the playoffs. Jangula hit people, moved them out of the way, made a path for those to follow, just like this team as a whole did for the future teams.
Bison Nation mourns in the following days as we lost a teammate, and a friend. He will forever be remembered, “Once A Bison, Always A Bison.”