Only 1.6 percent of college football players make it to the NFL. On draft day, most of the names that are called are athletes from Division I. It’s rare for players from smaller programs to get drafted.
One undrafted Division III wide receiver is taking extraordinary steps in hopes he’ll get a chance to prove himself.
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Abiola Aborishade, a former standout receiver for the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, has been standing outside Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, for a little over a month. His goal? To try out for the team.
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Aborishade stands next to a sign he hopes will grab the attention of someone who can get him a tryout. The sign states he will do anything it takes to get a chance. It doesn’t matter if it’s only on special teams.
Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler was so impressed with Aborishade’s drive and persistence, he posted a picture of him on Facebook as support and motivation. That’s from a Super Bowl MVP.
Aborishade was a beast in college. According to Fox Sports, he averaged over 100 yards per game for each of his three seasons. Also, in 2014 he broke his school’s record for receptions in a season by pulling in 84 passes. Check out his senior highlights below.
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What do you say Bill? Give Aborishade a chance!