Westminster TE with colorful ancestry hopes to land in NFL
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Westminster tight end David Wright said he has been “blessed with genetics,” claiming he is a descendant of legendary British military officer Myles Standish, a co-captain on the Mayflower and his great-grandfather 12 generations removed.
But having a famous ancestor did Wright no favors when he told classmates at Solon (Ohio) High School that he wanted to play college football. “They mocked me,” he said.
Wright never played football at Solon and only dabbled in track and field and lacrosse.
“I was content with being average,” he said. “I was a big underachiever.”
“I just never fit in with the cool crowd.”
This weekend, he may fit in with another crowd: the NFL.
Even if he isn't drafted, Wright expects to land a professional football contract after improving his attitude and gaining 82 pounds during his five seasons at Westminster. He was named to the All-Presidents' Athletic Conference second team last season after catching 20 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns.
Two years ago, Wright suffered a gruesome broken ankle in which his foot bent sideways in a game against St. Vincent. After months of rehabilitation, he returned to play last season, and he participated in a regional scouting combine earlier this spring at Bloomsburg.
Wright said he has attracted attention from several NFL teams, plus the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. At 6-foot-5, 252 pounds, he ran a wind-aided 4.58-second 40-yard dash, recorded the combine's best vertical jump (36 inches) and bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times.
“I really felt like I stole the show,” he said.
Wright's agent, Anthony Razzano, said the Alouettes are eager to sign Wright, who wants to see what the NFL might offer after the draft. Westminster has sent only three players to the NFL since 1926. None was drafted.
That hasn't discouraged Wright, who admits he was one of the weakest players on the team during his freshman season in 2009.
He graduated last year, with a degree in business administration and many of Westminster's weight-room records.
“Once I started seeing progress (in the weight room), I was addicted,” he said.
Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.
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