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Ben Bartch ('16) heading to the Super Bowl

January 30, 2024
By Toni Nanneman

Salem, Oregon - January 29, 2024 - As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, the incredible journey of one Blanchet Catholic School alumnus is set to unfold. Ben Bartch, a 2016 Blanchet graduate, is headed to football's biggest stage, Super Bowl LVIII.

Ben Bartch grew up in Dayton, Oregon, and attended Blanchet Catholic School. As a student at Blanchet, Ben was involved in drama, DECA, Outdoor Club, Friends of Benedictine, and a member of the National Honor Society.  He also competed in basketball, track & field, and football, achieving all-league and all-state honors in football and a state title in track & field. He was active in his community by participating in the Adopt a Highway program and the Northeast Salem Community Christmas Party.  In 2023, Ben was inducted into Blanchet’s Hall of Fame.

After high school, Ben went to St. John’s University, where he began his collegiate football career playing tight end and then moved to the offensive line going into his junior season. As a senior, Bartch was named first-team All-MIAC and a consensus first-team All-American by Bartch earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Saint John’s. Considered a prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft, Bartch was invited to participate in the 2020 Senior Bowl. He also continued to give back to his community. In college, Ben was nominated for the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, an annual award that honors deserving student-athletes nationwide for their dedication to community service.

Ben was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. After playing 3+ seasons for Jacksonville, Ben was signed midway through this season by the San Francisco 49ers.  He is a 49ers kickoff coverage team member and one of their backup offensive linemen.  

He is now headed to the Super Bowl with the 49ers to face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, February 11, 2024. As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, Blanchet Catholic has tremendous pride for Ben, who is on the brink of realizing his championship dreams. The entire Blanchet community rallies behind him, celebrating his achievements while wishing him the best of luck on the ultimate stage of professional football.

Ben Bartch (‘16) has proven his mettle on the NFL field, showcasing his determination and relentless work ethic.  His journey from high school to college to the Super Bowl has been paved with dedication, sacrifice, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Ben has always embodied the values instilled by Blanchet Catholic’s motto, By Courage and Faith, making a lasting impact on and off the field.

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