There are the records and there are the memories. Sometimes it's not the records that get remembered.
Brendon Foss and Cody Hickman were announced as members of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference All-Decade Football team this past fall. Foss of Hancock played for the University of Minnesota Morris Cougar football team from 2010 to 2013. Hickman of Morris played for the Cougars from 2011 to 2014.
Foss holds UMM program records for career receiving yards (2,714), pass receptions (190), and touchdown receptions (32). Hickman holds UMM career records for total tackles (496), unassisted tackles (200), assisted tackles (296) and forced fumbles (11).
"The records mean a lot, but they've never been something I've focused on," Foss said. "Records are made to be broken and they eventually will be. As the saying goes, yesterday's home runs don't win today's games."
"Records are great. As an old Coug I can look back and be proud of what I did," Hickman said. "Records are made to be broken and since these records are positive ones, that means more wins and success for the mighty Cougars."
Though they top several record charts within the UMM football program, it was their experience on the team that stood out more to these former players.
"The best memories are always the wins, but playing the game for and with my teammates are even better," Hickman said. "Now selfishly, my favorite moment of all time was, as a freshman, beating Crown when time ran out when things looked like they would turn sour for us on a goal line stand."
"One game that specifically sticks out my senior year was down in Fulton, Missouri against Westminster. It took two overtimes, but we got the "W" by a score," Foss said. "I caught the go-ahead touchdown and then our defense shut them down to cap off the victory. On the same day, I became the school's all-time leader in touchdown catches after passing my receiver coach at the time, Matt Fragodt, who I highly respect as a leader and mentor. It's a day I'll never forget."
The bonds formed with teammates were deep.
"You don't remember all the games, but rather you remember the teammates you played with. Many are lifelong friends. The practices, pre-games, games, and post-game traditions and routines are something you'll never forget," Foss said.
"I grew up without the benefit of having any brothers, being the oldest with four sisters, but Cougar football granted me those relationships," Hickman said. "Others that were in my wedding and are still as close as brothers could be."
Foss grew close to his teammates, but he also played with his older brother Derrick for three years.
"I was fortunate enough to even play with my bro," Foss said of older brother Derrick. "Derrick was a year older than me and a talented quarterback. He threw me the ball from the quarterback position in high school to my first three years in college, not many people are lucky enough to say that."
In the fall, the two men aren't far from a football field these days as they both help coach at the high school level. Foss is an assistant coach at Hancock while Hickman is an assistant with West Central Area.