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
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.