For three days, seven rounds and 256 picks, Donterrious Porter desperately hoped to see his name scroll across the TV screen on draft weekend.
But like countless other NFL hopefuls, Porter went undrafted.
As football fans, we are conditioned – and rightly so – to celebrate the collegiate players who are blessed with enough talent and ability to be selected in the draft.
But often overlooked are the hundreds of players who don't receive that life-changing phone call. After all, earning an opportunity to play football at the highest level is a dream that most aspirants will never realize. Consider this:
- Only about one in 17 senior high school football players – fewer than six percent – play in college.
- Those fortunate enough to play collegiate football have an even slimmer chance – about 1.8 percent – to make it to the professional level.
For the strong-willed Porter, however, the end of the draft is not the end of football, but rather the beginning of an arduous uphill battle to make a pro roster.
Hailing from little-known Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Porter faces the daunting challenge of becoming one the handful of undrafted Division III players to play on Sundays.Read more... Join the Conversation...