MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For some Shelby County Schools football players, the cancellation of the season due to coronavirus meant wondering if their gridiron dreams were over.
“You’re losing that potential film that you had to get bigger offers,” Overton High School senior Preston Cunningham said. “Bigger exposure. Make you produce a better outlook of yourself for recruits.”
Players got a chance to get that exposure Friday with SCS and the AutoZone Liberty Bowl hosting a showcase.
Players, wearing masks and divided into groups, went through an NFL style combine, including the vertical jump, 40-yard dash, and position drills.
The scene at the Liberty Bowl revealed the reality these players face.
Whitehaven Junior Chance Love said he’s had to settle for being a spectator as area teams compete in the playoffs.
“Sitting at home trying to go to another football game that I can’t obviously play in,” Love said. “But trying to support all the over teams that can play.”
While it wasn’t a game day, it was an opportunity - an opportunity to keep the dream alive. and for some, it was an opportunity to have college paid for.
“For a lot of people that’s the only thing they have,” Cunningham said. “It’s a big thing for some people.”
Love still has a year of high school left but knows how critical these moments are.
“I know my dad is real big on education and me getting a higher education,” he said. “I really think that football is my access to that. It will help further my education and be prepared for life.”
A second session will be held Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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