Ferris State football players do heavy lifting

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BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- The spring football season unofficially begins Friday night at Ferris State University. Bulldog players will show off their hard work in the offseason with the program's annual Lift-A-Thon at Jim Wink Arena.

"Everybody gets to see what we do on the field," says defensive lineman Jake Moreno of Holt. "But they don't get to see the improvements that we make in the weight room. So it's a chance to show our families it's not just athletic abilities we have. We put a lot of hard work into it."

The Lift-A-Thon has been a tradition at Ferris State since 1982. It's a fundraiser for the program. Head coach Jeff Pierce says it generates between $20,000 to $30,000. He says it's a friendly but serious competition for his returning players. "Next week we roll into spring football. You might be lining up against your roommate or your best friend, but you have to compete."

Fans this year will be treated to a talent show of sorts after the weightlifting and running portions of the event. Players have been working on song and dance routines. "We rehearsed and whatnot," says defensive lineman Muneer Bawayeh of Dearborn. "These are actually a couple of famous dances. It should be pretty funny."

The event begans at 6:00pm.

By Tom Clyde

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