Battered helmet (Photo courtesy Alex Bienaman)

They say at some point in time every boy grows into a man. For Alex Bienaman that occurred in his four years at The University of Montana. Read what he wrote on his Instagram;

 

"I can't begin to explain how incredibly grateful I am to have been a part of this place and this family for the last four years. I fear I will never replace the magic of running out of that tunnel surrounded by my brothers, ready to fight and die for them and the spirit of the Maroon and Silver. Finally, I want to say that I wouldn't trade my time here for any amount of wins or championships in the world. For me, it was never about winning, it was about the experience of living and fighting besides the men on my team, the Montana across the front of my jersey, and the people of this community. What a ride it's been, and if you’re looking for my heart, you can find it on the field of Washington Grizzly Stadium. #overtoosoon #thanksforthememories and forever #UpWithMontana"