Joe Reitz had plenty of options coming out of Hamilton Southeastern High School. He had scholarship offers for football from IU and several MAC schools and the like, and he had basketball offers from several mid-level programs. He had been voted all-state in both sports, and seemed equally adept in them.
He chose basketball. He liked it better, and he had grown up in Indiana. That made it fairly easy to make the call. He excelled at Western Michigan, finishing his career ranked third in school history in scoring and rebounding. He lacked the size or athleticism to play in the NBA, but an NFL scout had seen him play and thought he'd make a decent offensive lineman if he bulked up.
So, as an undrafted playet with Baltimore, Reitz packed on about 50 pounds and relearned the game. He had been a tight end in high school, so he had ...
We all like the local-kid-makes-good story, and Colts tight end Jack Doyle easily qualifies.
Doyle was barely noticed at Cathedral High School, where he played on a state championship team as a junior. He was primarily a blocker then, with few balls thrown his way, so the college recruiters didn't take much notice. Fortunately, he had a family connection that provided a scholarship to Western Kentucky.
The head coach was fired after his first season, but that proved to be another break. The new coach brought Stanford's wide open offense, which meant balls would actually be tossed in Doyle's direction now and then. He earned all-conference honors as a senior, which caught the eye of NFL scouts, but not well enough that he was drafted.
He was a popular training camp body, though. About 10 teams issued invitations, and he chose Tennessee. He played in all four preseason games with ...
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