Leighton Vander Esch, a graduate of Salmon River High School and former Boise State University football standout, capped his rookie season off by playing in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 27. Vander Esch, the 6’4” linebacker who was the 19th pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, led the Dallas Cowboys' defense in tackles in his rookie season.

Capitalizing on his new fame, he also recently launched The Official Store of Leighton Vander Esch, which features the LVE Wolf Hunter apparel collection.

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Despite a slow start to their season, the Dallas Cowboys beat Washington 31-23 and climbed into playoff contention. Salmon River alum Leighton Vander Esch booked another nine tackles and continues to rank among the league leaders in that category.

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Salmon River High School alum and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch booked his second career interception one week after having booked his first — the first time in five seasons a Cowboys linebacker has made interceptions in consecutive weeks.

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On a first-and-15 following a false start penalty with 7:07 left in the second quarter of Sunday’s Cowboys-Panthers NFL game, Salmon River High School alum Leighton Vander Esch booked his first official tackle, bringing down Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey after a seven yard gain. The series went three-and-out, but Carolina went on to win by 16-8 final score.

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Before he went to Boise State, before he went on to be picked No. 19 overall in the NFL draft, Leighton Vander Esch was better-known for basketball than football, judging by the number of people who recalled his slam dunks for Salmon River High School among their favorite memories Thursday night, April 26.

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Salmon River High alum and former Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch measured up to the enormous interest in his NFL combine performance last weekend.

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During the months since Leighton Vander Esch declared for the NFL entry draft, his chance to ascend from Salmon River High School and Boise State University to football’s top professional level has become a conversation starter in Idaho County — and not just among local football fans.

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Salmon River alum and Boise State junior Leighton Vander Esch, whose invitation to the March 4 National Football League combine has been reported across Idaho, continues to be highly ranked by some NFL analysts.

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