The Class of 2019 will be inducted into the Northwest Missouri State University M-Club Hall of Fame during the annual festivities on Fri., Oct. 25 in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom and will be recognized during the Homecoming football game on Sat., Oct. 26.
Tickets for the Friday evening banquet are $25 each and may be purchased by contacting Kiersten Orton (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the athletics office at 660-562-1977. Seating for the event is limited and the deadline to reserve your spot at the banquet is Oct. 18, or until tickets are sold out.
By Trent Spinner
Athletic Communications/Media Relations Student Assistant
As the Northwest Missouri State University M-Club began to announce its list of 2019 Hall of Fame inductees, it wasn’t a surprise to the public who was set to join the hall of greatness. For one of the members, it was a shock in his mind that he could be regarded as one of the best in a culture of champions.
To the public though, this individual earned his spot by being one of the most prolific wide receivers that have ever dawned that white and green paw print. From freshman to senior year Jake Soy was one of the undisputed captains of the Bearcat football team and helped define a championship mentality in a time of second-place finishes.
Before the Bearcats felt Soy’s presence on the football field, they established themselves as professional runner-ups. From 2005 to 2008 the Bearcats managed to make the Division II national championship game but fell short every single time the opportunity presented itself. Soy was on the 2007 and 2008 teams as a redshirt then a redshirt freshman. With each loss, he felt the sting, but the bitter taste that was left only pushed him further.
But 2009 was Soy’s year: he broke the MIAA record for touchdowns in a year with 27, he was named a first-team All-American, but his favorite moment was catching the fourth quarter go-ahead touchdown in the national title game.
“I had gone to the game my true freshman year where we had lost, I played in it my redshirt freshmen year, a couple snaps, and we lost by like a touchdown,” Soy said. “That was something that was burned in my memory and I remember being like not again, this is never going to happen.”
Soy excelled as a player and a person during his time at Northwest, because he was built by this winning culture in Maryville. He immediately felt a shift when he began his tenure at Northwest, as he played on an average team at Durant (Iowa) High School that finished 6-4 his senior year.
With a shift into a winning cultural Soy treasured each moment and pushed himself further. From the moment he got redshirt player of the year, he was ready for any challenge.
“For me, it really showed what a winning cultural is about and how to achieve excellence,” Soy said. “Coming to Northwest, where it is truly an expectation to make it to the national championship every year and how high the expectations were, it really raised my level of play.”
Soy finished his time with the Bearcats as the MIAA’s career leader in touchdowns with 45 as well as finishing third in Northwest’s and the MIAA’s history in receiving yards at 3,687.
One thing that makes Soy a remarkable entry for this year’s Hall of Fame isn’t anything that can be measured in statistics, but his passion to push others to their full potential.
Even now Soy thinks about the possibility of being a role model for future Northwest players and with that he hopes his story and even his quotes in this article can inspire the next Hall of Fame inductee.
“I wouldn’t say I was the most talented, but the way I prepared for the game and the training I took leading into the season, it put me in a position that I could make the most of the opportunity presented to me,” Soy said. “It goes back to a Larry Fitzgerald quote that I always kind of thought on, ‘you catch 1,000 balls, just so you can catch the one in the big game,’ that’s what I want to get across that everyone should make the most out of the opportunities provided.”