Former Penn State star broad receiver KJ Hamler’s journey to the NFL Draft was featured on ESPN’s “Hey Rookie, Welcome To The NFL” on Monday night time.
Hamler, who was chosen with the No. 46 overall pick on this 12 months’s draft by the Denver Broncos, was joined on Monday night time’s episode by Jerry Jeudy, Derrick Brown, and Andrew Thomas. Jeudy performed broad receiver at Alabama and can now play alongside Hamler in Denver, because the Broncos chosen him with their first spherical decide.
Followers acquired their first take a look at the Hamler in Monday’s episode whereas he was coaching for the NFL Mix in Pensacola, Florida. His focus was on getting ready for interviews with groups and displaying scouts “how [he] sees the sport.”
Together with coaching, Hamler even acquired an opportunity to showcase his cooking capacity. The fan-favorite Nittany Lion cooked up some shrimp and rooster alfredo pasta, and even FaceTimed his mother, Tonya Gooding-Hamler, for some recommendation.
After his interview coaching and dinner, it was defined that Hamler seemingly wouldn’t run a 40-yard sprint on the mix resulting from a lingering hamstring harm. He ended up sitting out of nearly all of drills in Indianapolis because of the nagging problem.
“I labored all my life to get so far. Not taking part actually hurts,” Hamler mentioned. “However I’d fairly play it higher protected than sorry and keep prepared for professional day. I’m not going to danger it in any respect.”
Whereas he couldn’t run the 40-yard sprint, Hamler did take part within the bench press. He defined that his objective was to hit not less than 15 reps, however no different broad receiver who weighs lower than 190 kilos hit greater than 10 reps at this 12 months’s mix. Regardless of that, the 178-pound Hamler managed to hit his objective precisely. The episode showcased his success, and he was even congratulated by legendary NFL broad receiver Cris Carter after nailing 15 reps.
“I advised you I used to be robust!,” Hamler yelled after hopping up from the bench.
The speedster was planning on working his 40-yard sprint just a few weeks later at his professional day in Completely happy Valley, nevertheless it was quickly defined that primarily all sporting occasions had been shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Because of that, Hamler and a number of other of the opposite gamers featured within the episode had been unable to take part in professional days.
Whereas he was dissatisfied he didn’t get one other probability to point out all of his expertise to NFL groups, Hamler defined how he was discovering a approach to sustain his coaching at house in Pontiac, Michigan.
“I’m coaching daily, lifting as a lot as I can,” Hamler mentioned. “It’s onerous, it’s undoubtedly some adversity, however you must do what you may.”
As many Nittany Lion followers acquired to know Hamler’s dad and mom throughout his time at Penn State, they as soon as once more performed an enormous position in Monday’s episode. His mother shared movies of herself chasing the broad receiver up a hill to maintain up together with his drills, whereas his dad even made him a pull up bar.
Together with the coaching assist, Hamler defined among the positives of spending additional time at house.
“I’ve gotten to see my household much more than I normally can right here at house,” Hamler mentioned. “Sitting right here with my mother and pop and simply hanging out with them is one thing I usually can’t do, so I’m simply attempting to embrace the second.”
Presumably one of the best a part of Hamler’s prolonged house time was when he purchased his personal automotive. He showcased his new wheels to everybody watching at house, together with the various pink particulars on his automotive. His alternative of shade was in honor of his grandmother who battled breast most cancers.
Loads of Penn State followers seemingly pulled out their tissues in the direction of the top of the episode, as Broncos head coach Vic Fangio known as Hamler to inform him that he’d been drafted. Fangio is from Dunmore, Pennsylvania, so he even defined to Hamler that loads of his family members are Penn State followers and had been hoping that he’d draft him.
It was a heartwarming second to observe, as Hamler and his mom hugged and celebrated him realizing his dream.
“We did it! We’re going to Denver,” Gooding-Hamler mentioned.
The episode closed out by displaying a dialogue between Hamler and his new teammate in Denver, former Alabama broad receiver Jerry Jeudy. Hamler, Jeudy, and even former Penn State broad receiver DaeSean Hamilton will make for a Broncos offense that could possibly be very onerous to cease.
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