Argyle Alumni Cole Hedlund Joins the Colts

Argyle Alumni Cole Hedlund Joins the Colts

Argyle Alumni Cole Hedlund Joins the Colts

by Barbara Scott-Kolb

It has been quite an exciting journey so far for Argyle alum, Cole Hedlund, in his exceptional football career. Leaving Argyle High School as one of the top high school kickers in the nation, Cole joined the Arkansas Razorbacks. After three seasons there, he decided to transfer and found a home and great success at the University of North Texas. But things didn’t stop there for Hedlund. His stellar performance completing 19 out of 22 field goal attempts last season captured the attention of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, who eventually signed him as an undrafted free agent.

“It has been my dream to one day get a chance to play in the NFL,” Hedlund said. “It means the world to me to have this opportunity, and I will be forever grateful.”

He added, “My experience was incredible at the minicamp. Since I got to Indianapolis, I just tried to soak everything in; it was very exciting meeting everyone and really getting a feel for everything.”

To say Hedlund has accomplished a great deal on the gridiron in his young career while also overcoming obstacles would be an understatement. He was a standout kicker at Argyle High School and was on the 2013 team that went undefeated and won a state championship. Some of the honors he’s won in high school and college include being named a Parade All-American, first-team All-Conference USA, and being a recipient of the National Placekicker of the Year award.

He went on to kick for the Razorbacks and started his collegiate career on fire, connecting on 14 of 24 field goal attempts. But his final season was a rough one as he missed several big kicks in a loss to TCU. That performance ultimately prompted his move to UNT, where his dad is the longtime women’s soccer coach. The move to UNT was seen as a win-win for both parties. UNT was coming off back-to-back bowl games under head coach Seth Littrell and needed a kicker. Hedlund responded and clearly revitalized a career that had briefly fallen on hard times. The 5-foot-10-inch, 165-pound Argyle product is now ready to make his NFL debut in Indianapolis and is looking forward to working on himself on and off the field.

“It’s very exciting to be apart of a tremendous organization,” Cole said. “I am going to take it one day at a time and really try to learn and grow not only as a player but a person as well.”

He added, “I’m going to continue to work hard, stay humble, and give it my best shot.”

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