Weston Dressler, a former UND All-American and Canadian Football League star, has announced his plans for life after pro football.

Dressler will serve as the senior community relations specialist for the Bismarck Region of Sanford.

As a member of the community relations team, formerly referred to as public affairs, Dressler will work to build strong relationships in the communities Sanford serves in central and western North Dakota, a Sanford press release said.

Dressler, a Bismarck High School graduate, had his first day at Sanford on Aug. 5.

His most recent professional stint was with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he played three seasons. He caught 176 passes for 2,229 yards and 10 touchdowns in that span.

He spent the first eight years of his career in Saskatchewan. In five of his eight seasons with the Roughriders, he surpassed 1,000 yards and also won a Grey Cup in 2013.

In total, Dressler has 715 catches for 10,026 yards and 61 touchdowns in 161 regular-season games.

Dressler played at UND from 2004-08. He was a four-time all-North Central Conference selection and was selected as an All-American by five different organizations after his senior season. He left Grand Forks with 19 school records.

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