In the NFL Draft, they call the last person drafted "Mr. Irrelevant." But what about the guys who don't get drafted? Are they even more irrelevant? Are they stuck in some kind of Irrelevant Purgatory and live there for the rest of their lives? Are they abducted by some irrelevant alien life forc- Nevermind. Allen Hurns, an undrafted wide receiver from the University of Miami, signed a 4-year, $40 million deal today with the team that took a chance on him 2 years ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Planning on growing on his continuous success he's had over the last two seasons, this deal was earned not given. He was voted on by the players as the 89th best player in the league. He sent out a tweet this after noon that simply said "No Handouts." And it got me to thinking about all the times people go "undrafted" everyday. I know that I have personally felt doubted repeatedly by people who have come around me in school, work, and life. Those doubts have done nothing but make me work harder to try to prove to myself that belief in myself is all that I need, and all that anyone really ever needs. If you don't believe in yourself, then how can you expect other people to believe in you.
Allen Hurns has to have had immense confidence in himself to continue to pursue his dream after sitting through the draft, while every team passed on him multiple times. Over and over and over and over, every team continued to pass on him. But he never doubted himself, and he worked his ass off to prove to the world, but also to himself, that he belongs in the league. He got to where he is because that's where he envisioned himself to be. Being fresh out of college, it's been tough for me to find a place that is willing to take a chance on me, but I can't give up on myself. Life is going to continue to hand you challenges that may get in the way of your dreams, but when you finally reach that dream it will be that much sweeter because you'll remember all the hard times you had to push through to get there. Nobody has ever gotten "Life" perfect. Everybody has gone through failures or have been doubted. But if you keep your mind on that dream, you might find your dream that feels likes $40 million to you.
Here's some of his coworkers saying nice things about The 88
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.