Today’s number of days until the season begins doesn’t have any crazy or funny associations I can think of, unless we want to go down a DEEP nerd rabbit hole to 1:20 in this video. Well, too late. Guess we already did! 87. The number is 87 days until the season begins! which means we are profiling the current wearer of #87 —TE Kurt Rafdal
#87, Kurt Rafdal, 6y Senior, Tight End
Height: 6’ 7”
Weight: 245 lbs.
High School: Carmel High School, Carmel, Indiana
How’d he get to the Blue™?
By way of a transfer from the University of Nebraska. Kurt was a grad transfer after 4 years with the Cornhuskers. He came to Boise State with a career total of 6 receptions for 77 yards and no touchdowns. Before his time in Lincoln, however, Rafdal came out of Carmel High School in Indiana as a 3 star prospect, with a ranking as the 17th best HS tight end in the country. He helped his team to a 6A state championship in 2016 and had 8 catches in the title game played in the Colts’ stadium. He is returning to the Broncos on a sixth year of eligibility, due to COVID.
It doesn’t take a lot to see the similarities between him and Robert Pattinson. Which is honestly a lot cooler now than when he was making those terrible vampire movies back when Kurt was in elementary school! Because, since then, he’s sort of pulled a DiCaprio or a Depp and elevated himself from “teen heartthrob” to an actual, legit actor. He was an excellent bad guy in The King, a great co-star in the still-not-sure-how-I-feel-about-it movie Tenet, but most recently, gave a heck of a new take of a grunge/emo Batman in a movie that was called...oh what was it again? Ah! That’s right. The Batman. This of course leads nicely into...
Rafdal pulled down 8 receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown last year in his first season with the Broncos. It may not seem like a ton, but that was two more receptions, 20 more yards, and 100% more touchdowns than he had at Nebraska. Despite tight ends being asked to block a lot in the Broncos scheme, all 6’7” of him screams “red zone target”, so maybe he can have an equivalent bump in his bonus COVID season.
Boise State is returning a lot of talent to the TE room in 2022. Rafdal will have to stand out from a group of talented members in a room that includes Tyneil Hopper and likely-TE-reception-leader, Riley Smith. His competition has been reduced a little bit, however, with Austin Bolt making a full-time switch to wide receiver.
Is he on Twitter?
Completely made up fact
Rafdal’s childhood dream, after seeing Seabiscuit, was to be a jockey rather than a jock and to ride a horse rather than wear one. This dream was crushed when he was cursed with the genes of a Greek god and was many inches too tall to be a competitive equine speedster.