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Game Day Feature: Staying in the Mix

Northern senior Sam Mix had his world turned upside down in a horrific way. But, through courage and toughness, he fought back to play the game football again


September 14, 2018

Colin Thompson

Montana State University-Northern senior Sam Mix had his world turned upside down in 2015, when he and two friends had to fend off a vicious attack inside his own home during his freshman year as a Northern football player. Mix suffered sever injuries in the attack, and, there was a time when it looked like his football career may be over. But, Mix wanted to return to the Lights and the Lights felt the same way, and since that time, Mix has not only been an outstanding wide receiver at Northern, he's been an inspirational leader on, and off the football field. Now, Mix is in his final season playing for the Lights, and he'll also graduate from Northern this spring. Mix and the Lights play their homecoming game Saturday when they host Carroll College at Blue Pony Stadium.

To say that Sam Mix went through trials and tribulations during his college football career would be an understatement.

But despite everything that's happened, the stabbing attack that could have taken his life and left him gravely injured; the four head coaches he has played under at Montana State University-Northern, plus all the other hardships every student-athlete goes through, Mix has never given up, and in the end, that perseverance has paid off, not just on the gridiron but in the classroom as well.

Now, precisely due to that toughness and mental fortitude, Mix is not only playi...

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