Local Sports Notebook: They go from small town to NFL

When a pair of players from small-town Caledonia met in the same NFL exhibition game last week, they had a small cheering section from their hometown.

Tennessee Titans defensive end Karl Klug sacks Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles during a game last season. Klug recently competed in a preseason game against Isaac Fruechte and the Minnesota Vikings. Both Klug and Fruechte are Caledonia natives.

When a pair of players from small-town Caledonia met in the same NFL exhibition game last week, they had a cheering section from their hometown.

Wide receiver Isaac Fruechtewas playing with the Minnesota Vikings in Tennessee last Thursday while veteran defensive tackle Karl Klugwas playing with the Titans.

"It was fun, but it was a little nerve racking," said Carl Fruechte, Isaac's father. "We knew the game meant a lot to Isaac."

Carl and his wife were among a small group of people from Caledonia who made the trip of more than 700 miles to watch the teams' final exhibition game.

Klug is a fifth-year veteran who was going to make the Titans' squad. But the 23-year-old Fruechte was an undrafted free agent on the bubble. Fruechte ended up getting cut by the Vikings over the weekend, but he was then signed to the practice squad.


Carl Fruechte and his wife stayed at Klug's home during the trip. Karl's twin brother, Kevin, also lives in Nashville and is a personal trainer. Among Kevin's clients are a number of country music stars.

There was some personal time for the Fruechte and Klug families to get together, including the players.

"We all went out to eat on Wednesday night before the game," said Carl Fruechte, who coached both Klug brothers and Isaac in high school. He is now an assistant football coach at Caledonia.

"It was a blast," Carl said. "There was a lot of verbal sparring and they (Karl and Isaac) talked shop."

Klug was able to give Isaac Fruechte some pointers about life in the NFL. And even though Fruechte didn't make the Vikings' 53-man roster, he is still part of the team in 2015.

"At the end of the day, we're excited about him being on the practice squad," Carl Fruechte said. "I think what it shows is he has what it takes to play in this league."


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The magazine picked Baltimore to beat Seattle in the Super Bowl.


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