Concordia St. Paul News

February 1, 2018

Meet the Press: CSP Students at the Big Game

Minneapolis is center stage and in the midst of playing host to thousands of football fans from across the world as we approach the NFL’s championship game this coming Sunday. It’s safe to say that the energy in the air is palpable – or maybe that’s just the frigid air.

CSP students Tanner Peterson, Cole Schuessler, and Zack Moeller can attest. The trio hails from the Sports Management and Sports Psychology programs at Concordia and write for CSP’s student newspaper, The Sword. With the right background in place, it seemed only fitting for the idea that would appear next. What if they could get media credentials to the NFL’s biggest game of the year? The one that it just so happens would be right next-door in Minneapolis? After a few laughs, the idea solidified and the question became “why not?”

CSP Sword students at Media event

CSP students Cole Schuessler, Zack Moeller and Tanner Peterson

Back in October, Peterson started the process by creating an account that would allow them to apply. He stated that he was the sports editor for The Sword and let the application sail away, a bit skeptical of the outcome. He was pleasantly surprised when their account was approved. Astonished, he quickly filled out the information necessary for the group to become eligible.

The anticipation growing, he received an email a month-and-a-half later during winter break. Their access was granted leaving the group in awe.

Media credentials will allow Peterson, Schuessler, and Moeller to attend a number of events including Opening Night festivities, most press conferences (even one that involves a certain performer named Justin Timberlake), NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s press conference, and the Bold North Media Thaw that will take place at the Mall of America in Bloomington.

This isn’t the first enormous event to which the group has had access. Peterson and Schuessler both volunteered for the 2016 Ryder Cup that was held in Chaska, Minn. Still, the group isn’t sure what to expect from this event and are excited at the prospect.

CSP student Tanner Peterson with an Eagles player.

Tanner Peterson interviews a Philadelphia Eagles player.

“This is not only going to be a great learning opportunity but the opportunity of a lifetime to work alongside some of the best in the sports journalism industry,” Peterson explained.

“It will be unlike anything we have ever done before, so we’re looking forward to taking it all in and learning lots,” Schuessler added.

Of course, the students will have plenty of rules and regulations to abide by and have been busy preparing. “I have been in contact with some of the sports media professionals around the Twin Cities,” Peterson explained. 

They hope to make memories that will last a lifetime and to embrace an opportunity that has the potential to open doors as large as those of US Bank Stadium.

“It will be an amazing learning experience and a great place to make connections,” Schuessler noted.

The team plans to share their experience through a behind-the-scenes account for The Sword.  The group agreed that words can’t explain how fun this opportunity will be.