It doesn’t matter how you get in the league, it’s what you do once you’re in it. There are countless examples of players making an impact on Sundays who were not drafted to start off their NFL career: Texans running back Arian Foster, Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, Raiders wide receiver Josh Cribbs, Giants running back Ryan Grant, Bengals linebacker James Harrison, and Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz to name several. But there is also, current free agent Danny “DJ” Ware.
Cody Glenn played college football at the University of Nebraska. He played running back throughout his first three years there, and then switched to linebacker for his senior season. He then entered the 2009 NFL Draft, and was selected in the 5th round by the Washington Redskins. He was cut in the preseason, but the Colts signed him and he remained with the Colts from 2009 to 2011. He played in Super Bowl XLIV mainly on Special Teams. This interview was conducted before he signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
Amari Spievey played college football at the University of Iowa in the Big Ten. He had problems at school that he had take care of and went to Iowa Central Community College. He transferred back to Iowa, and finished up playing his sophomore and junior year there. He entered the 2010 NFL Draft and was drafted in the 3rd round, 66th overall by the Detroit Lions. He became a contributor on special teams early in his career, and then last year, he was their starting safety for the entire season. This was done in March 2012.
John Conner played college football at the University of Kentucky. He was considered one of the best and most complete fullbacks going into his senior season. He entered the 2010 NFL Draft, and was drafted in the 5th round by the Jets. He was the backup behind Tony Richardson during his rookie season. In 2011, he earned the starting role and is the only fullback on the NY Jets roster. This interview was conducted after the 2010 NFL season.
Jonathan Dwyer played college football for Georgia Tech. He was an All-American in 2008, and nominated as the ACC Player of the Year in 2008. He rushed for about 3000 yards in three years of college football. He attended the NFL Combine, after deciding to forgo his senior season, and entered the 2010 NFL Draft, and was selected in the 6th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. This interview was conducted before the 2010 NFL season. Read more
Ben Tate was born in Woolbridge, Virginia and played high school football at two different high schools in Maryland. He was known around the state for his amazing ability and talent. BT played collegiately in 37 games at Auburn University. He was a running back for Auburn and totaled 678 attempts, 3321 rushing yards, and 24 touchdowns. He declared entry for the 2010 NFL Draft, and his future NFL team has to be determined. This interview was conducted before the 2010 NFL Draft.
Conte Cuttino was an all-state running back in high school. He attended Stony Brook University in New York. During his time at Stony Brook, he had 31 starts, 3,607 rushing yards, and 19 rushing touchdowns. He ran a 4.5 forty yard dash during his Pro Day. CC entered the 2010 NFL Draft, and his future is undetermined. This interview was conducted before the 2010 NFL Draft.
Albert Young was an all-state all star for his high school football team in New Jersey. He then played college football for the University of Iowa. He totaled 660 attempts, 3173 yards, and 23 touchdowns during his time as a Hawkeye. After being undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, he was signed by the Vikings onto their practice squad. He is still on the Vikings roster, and has been active in preseason and regular season games. This interview was conducted before the 2010 regular season.