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A Draft Surprise

During the week of the 2013 Draft, I was still at Penn State because I graduated a week later. So I tried to keep it a normal week. I was still taking classes, working at my internship (at the school golf course). I had a routine going and I didn't really change up. I didn't want my mind to be thinking abut the Draft at all, I just wanted to stay calm.


It was really good to have my family around. I had a little get-together at my college apartment with the people who meant the most to me. Everybody was excited except for me. I wasn't really nervous, but I was hoping that I didn't bring everybody over and then not get drafted that night. I realized that it might not happen and then I got the call from the Seahawks.


It was the best feeling I ever had in my life. And it was a great surprise because I hadn't really talked to any of the coaches. I didn't think I would end up in Seattle.


A crazy thing happened when I got the call. Since everybody was loud when the phone rang, I went into the other room to talk. My family thought that meant I was getting picked next so they started calling everybody and telling them I was getting drafted by the Colts. When the next pick came and I wasn't drafted, my Mom came in the room to check on me and see if I was okay. She was all upset, not knowing I was actually about to get drafted by the Seahawks. It was a surprise for everybody! They all started cheering. It was cool.


My Rookie Advice

Take advantage of the time you have now. Once you get drafted and are with your team, it's a whirlwind for about a year. Between finding a new place and meeting new people, it's nonstop. Just take it all in. Remember what it took for you to get there and remember that Draft day. Cherish the moments because it only happens once.