Shea Allard- 10 NFL Tryouts, 9 Weeks.
10 NFL Tryouts "“ 9Weeks
Hi my name is Shea Allard. First of all, I want to thank you for taking a minute to read this and thank you for the opportunity to be considered for sponsorship.
I grew up in a small blue-collar town, and was raised by a single mother. We had very little, so dreams were everything to me. I clung to them fiercely. My mom, an incredibly strong willed person with absolutely no tolerance for excuses, always told me as a kid, if you want something, GO GET IT. So that's what I have always done and will continue to do.
When I was little, I was always too large to play football. We would go to the annual sign-ups and weigh in, but I was always too big for my age group. Eventually, we just quit going. Finally when I got older, after years of frustration and waiting, I was given the opportunity to play the great game of football my freshman year of high school!! I took this chance and ran with it. I LOVED it; I had found my passion. I did great playing for the Wareham High School Vikings and was eventually offered a scholarship to play at division 1AA University of Delaware. I spent the next five years there and earned All Conference and All American Honors my senior year.
In the spring of 2012, I tried out for the NFL, getting one step closer to achieving my lifelong goal of a career playing football. I spent an entire summer in training camp and was then let go on the last day before the season started. I was crushed. Something I had worked so hard for, and for so long had been taken away in a heartbeat. Headed home, tired, confused, and completely devastated, I realized my life was in transition.
I have been training five days a week for football since February. For 8 months I worked out at a sports performance training facility North of Boston. I am stronger and faster than I have ever been in my football career RIGHT NOW. With some professional experience under my belt and a burning desire to get back to what I feel I was born to do, NOW IS THE TIME.
I need exposure and another chance to show what I can do. I'm in better shape now than I was last year in training camp. This is my last shot. As far as I know, this has never been done before: 9 NFL tryouts in 9 weeks, and a potential 10th pending an invitation to the Super Regional Combine. As you can tell, I am VERY excited about this opportunity! I'm going to give it everything I have. I will pour every ounce of effort and energy I can find into each and every event.
The NFL hosts regional combines across the country every Spring, where unsigned players work out in front of scouts in hopes of a contract. The following is straight off the website, nflregionalcombines.com
"The NFL will conduct 15 Regional Combines beginning on February 8-9, 2014 in Houston, Texas, and concluding with the 2014 Super Regional Combine on April 12-13, 2014 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. NFL Regional Combines, hosted throughout the country, serve as a supplement to the NFL's National Scouting Combine and provide an opportunity for players to display their skills before veteran NFL talent evaluators.To date, there are 50 Regional Combine participants on NFL rosters, including 30 on active rosters."
The following are the dates and locations of the combines:
February 8 Houston
February 15 New York/New Jersey
February 22 Los Angeles
March 1 Tampa Bay
March 8-9 Atlanta
March 15 Chicago
March 22 Miami
March 22 Seattle
March 29 Indianapolis
March 30 Baltimore
April 12-13 Detroit (SRC-invite only)
This campaign will help me raise money for registration fees ($245 per combine), flights, hotels, and travel expenses. I want to film every step of the way, and share my experiences with my friends, family, and colleagues in a documentary style project.
As part of this campaign, I have decided that if I get signed to an NFL team, and make an active roster next fall, and remain on it for at least half the season (8weeks) I WILL MATCH 100% of what is donated to me through this campaign, to an organization called Athletes for Charity, which benefits underprivileged youth athletes. (athletesforcharity.com)
Like I said, this has never been done before, and I think that with your help, this could potentially go viral in the sports media world.
I would so appreciate any support you may be willing to offer!
I will be using this blog to document my experiences from now on.
I want to slow things down a moment and really thank everyone that had a part in all this. Every single donation was crucial to this working. My first tryout is Feb 8th in Houston, and then one every weekend after that for 8weeks. There is NO way I could have raised the funds to support traveling to 9 NFL tryouts without the kindness and generosity that everyone has shown to me. It has humbled me to know that so many people want to see me succeed. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.
I will continue to give updates on my trips, including but not limited to a blog that is coming soon. I genuinely appreciate all the encouraging messages, emails, and calls. Big things are on the way. 2 Weeks until Houston.
Thank you again,
I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT. NOW GO MAKE A TEAM AND KICK SOME BUTT NEXT YEAR. IN VERY PROUD OF YOU FOR FOLLOWING YOUR DREAM.
Hey cousin! Id love to help you out but all I can give you is moral support. If things progress for me I could help more then my prayers and best wishes. We are pulling for you. Meh it was only green bay! You will get picked up by somebody awesome! lol "tampa!" keep the faith brother.
Me an Uncle Bubba love u an believe in u. We know u can do this. As Bubba says pump that Iron. Go Go Go !!!!!! Love Aunt Debbie and Uncle Bubba!!!!
So proud of you. Love you
GO FOR IT ALL. GOOD LUCK I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT. ALREADY POSTED ON FACEBOOK FOR YOU.
This is awesome Shea! Your mom is right. Go and get it! As soon as I can I will donate!!!! I will definitely pass this around! Good luck
Good for you man!!! I hope you can do it ... I'm going to let people around town know so they can try and help!! Good luck brother