Former Mesa State lineman Wikre hired by Colorado State
Ever since Trevor Wikre made the decision to amputate his finger to continue his football career, he’s faced scrutiny.
The former Mesa State College offensive lineman, though, has found a place where he fits in with everyone else.
Wikre was hired Wednesday as a graduate assistant football coach at Colorado State University.
“I catch a lot of crap about it,” said Wikre of amputating his pinkie in 2008. “Here, a lot of guys are dedicated to the team and to winning. I feel I fit in with them.”
The 22-year-old is looking forward to the opportunity to be on the coaching staff of a Division I program.
“I’ll get to learn a lot,” Wikre said. “Someday I might be (a head coach). For now, my goal is to be a position coach and learn as much about the game as I can. We’ll see where it goes.”
Wikre was a four-year starter at Mesa State and a two-time All-RMAC offensive lineman after switching from the defensive line.
He sustained a compound dislocation of his pinkie during practice midway through his senior season and was told surgery would end his playing career. Wikre, instead, chose to have it amputated so he could return to the field for the rest of the season.
He missed one game and was featured in several publications, including Sports Illustrated, People, The New York Times, USA Today, Sunday NFL Countdown and ESPN the Magazine.
Wikre graduated from Mesa State in 2009 with degrees in physical education and adaptive physical education. He recently completed his master’s degree in education.