At the end of the most challenging, taxing gauntlet ever endured by an MLS team, Toronto FC fell just 12 yards short of history, losing the CCL final in a heartbreaking set of penalty kicks, while Chivas lifted its first regional trophy since 1962.
As Leighton Vander Esch prepares to take pro football’s biggest stage, he retraces the steps from tiny Riggins, Idaho, to the pinnacle of the sport. Watch the documentary on SI TV. Sign up for a seven-day free trial.
Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch was raised in the Idaho mountains. What exactly is this non-traditional NFL draft prospect about? And how does he have the tools to thrive in the NFL after just 14 starts in 11-man football?