Bucks: Aiken makes instant impact on Bismarck’s offense

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Two weeks ago, the Bismarck Bucks took a huge risk by bringing in a new quarterback. So far, Aaron Aiken is 1-1 as the signal caller. We don’t know a lot about new signal caller, so I spent time getting to know the Bucks’ new quarterback.

On April 18, Aaron Aiken had his first practice with the Bismarck Bucks.

“Coming in here,” Aiken said, “I was just hungry and ready to focus.”

Before signing with the Bucks, Aaron had been out of organized football for a year.

“I had a few tryouts with some CFL Teams,” Aiken said. 

Aaron tried out with three Canadian teams. While he was waiting to hear back, Xavier Steward, Aaron’s former teammate from the Indoor Football League, reached out about the idea of playing for the Bucks.

“While I was going through tryouts and everything,” Aiken said, “they were just staying in my ear and let me know that he was excited for me to come out here and give me an opportunity.”

When Aaron arrived in Bismarck, he quickly noticed one of Bismarck’s most endearing qualities.

“We walked out and people were talking to us and greeting us,” Aiken said. “It’s a little bit different from being back home.”

Aaron is from Morristown, New Jersey. The 6-foot-5 quarterback says his ability to run and throw will only help out his teammates.

“Guys just can’t collapse down on our running back as heavy,” Aiken said. “[If they do,] at least i’ll be able to get eight or 10 yards and maybe crack one.”

And while Aaron has provided life to the Bucks’ offense, he still keeps his future goals in the back of his mind.

“Host a [Vince] Lombardi trophy one day,” Aiken said. “You have to dream big. I would love to be a Super Bowl winning quarterback one day.”

Aaron makes his third career start this Saturday when the Bucks take on the Quad Cities Steamwheelers at the Bismarck Event Center.

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