So often we here at Steeler nation lament over players as possession's with little regard for the individuals accomplishment. It's a life changing event making an NFL roster, and often the man behind the uniform never known. I thought I would post a small write up about such a player. 1 draft spot from Mr. Irrelevant in the 2011 draft, Chris Neild was taken by the Washington Redskins with the 253 pick in the 7th round and realized a life long dream to become an NFL player. He had humble beginnings as detailed http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2010/12/07/a-model-mountaineer-neild-reflects-on-his-time-at-wvu as a Mountaineer for WVU, and continued his hard work towards realizing his dream as an NFL player.
He went on to begin his career with the Washinton Redskins in the trenches as a nose tackle, and opened up his career with two QB sacks against the Giants and Eli Manning to open the season starting all 16 games as a 2011 rookie 7th rounder. He was lost for the season in training camp in 2012 to a knee injury, and now with hard work, has again made it back to the active roster.
As we ponder our needs to own or have expectations for the young players on our roster, lets not lose sight of the impact the accomplishment has on him and his family.
My aunts, uncles, 1st cousins, 1st cousins once removed, 2nd cousins, and 3rd cousins celebrating his drafting by the Washington Redskins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JrkUS9RhmE
I for one am proud of Chris and all he has accomplished.