A man in New England is doing all he can to get the attention of the NFL for a chance to try out.
What would you be willing to do for your one shot at the NFL? One man in New England is doing the one thing that many wouldn't be willing to do: wait.
Abiola Aborshade has spent an average of seven hours a day standing outside of Gillette Stadium in New England waiting for his chance to try out for the New England Patriots. He carries a sign tied to the side of the road that reads: "Talented, hard working athlete hoping for a chance to prove myself" down the center with things like "won't disappoint" and "dream chasing" written on the border.
He waits outside of the stadium every morning as the players and coaches arrive and every night as they leave. He's prepared at a moment's notice for his shot, always having his cleats on him, ready to go.
Don't mistake Aborshade for some amateur football player doing a publicity stunt to make it into the big leagues. Aborshade has proven that he has what it takes for the opportunity that he's asking for. Born in Nigeria and now living in Attleboro, Massachusetts, the twenty-three-year-old played three years at UMass Dartmouth and currently holds the school's single-season catch record.
People have begun to take notice of Aborshade's endeavors, including those who are associated with and are on the team. Joanne Hensas, a woman who bakes cookies for the Patriots, baked a dozen cookies for Aborshade, telling him that she hopes one day she'll be making him cookies when he's on the team.
This young man has been standing here for a long time working hard...And I give him credit.
Malcolm Butler, current Patriots cornerback, took a picture of Aborshade and took to Facebook to post this message:
Words of encouragement from, hopefully, an eventual teammate.
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