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A hard-hitting nose guard for Bison Hall of Fame coach Don Morton during NDSU's resurgence in the early 1980s, Stratton was first-team All-North Central Conference in 1982 and 1983, second-team All-America in 1983, and honorable mention All-America in 1982.

He led the Bison in quarterback sacks with 13 in 1981 and 11 in 1982 and finished third all-time in sacks with 29. He set NDSU 's single-season record with five forced fumbles.

The 1983 North Central Conference Most Valuable Defensive Lineman, he played on the 1983 national title team and had an interception as the Bison defeated Central State (Ohio) 41-21 in the Palm Bowl. Stratton played on three NCC championship teams (1981, 1982 and 1983) and later had a tryout with the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

He also competed in track and field at NDSU for coach Don Larson, breaking the school's shot put and discus throw records while participating on several Bison NCC indoor and outdoor championship squads. The discus mark of 175 feet, 9 inches still stood when he was inducted.

He played high school football for legendary Stillwater (Minn.) High School coach and Bison Hall of Fame member George Thole. An all-state performer, he played on two conference championship squads that advanced to the state playoffs. He also was a conference champion in the shot put and discus throw.

He taught and coached at West Fargo (N.D.) High School from 1987 to 1999 and won a sales award with Bayer Pharmaceuticals. He has two children, Cassandra and Samuel.