ARLINGTON — Not many high school football players get an opportunity to compete inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Rusk senior Sean Rogers made the most of his opportunity at “Jerry World” last weekend when he took part in the Blue-Grey Southwest Super Regional Combine.
Rogers was one of about 200 young men, representing 22 states, that was named to participate in the workouts.
The best-of-the best will be invited to compete in one of four national Blue-Grey All-American Bowl games later this year, which will be televised on ESPN 3 and provide those young mention with an incredible amount of college exposure.
When reached by phone earlier this week, Rogers said that he felt that he did a good job in Arlington.
“I feel really good about everything,” he said. “They are suppose to let us know in two weeks if we will be playing in one of the bowl games.”
Rogers remarked that he was a bit anxious coming out of the starting gate, but that his football instincts quickly took over.
“I was nervous at first,” he said. “But as we began to go through the drills I got more and more comfortable.”
According to the numbers, Rogers, the son of Jim Rogers and Julie Hinson, represented well.
“I was timed in 4.75 in the 40, and I had the best time, a 4.1, in the shuttle drill for the linebackers,” Sean Rogers said.
The 6'-1”, 185-pounder, who plays safety at Rusk High School, was included in a pool with the linebackers at the combine.
Aside from the work on the field, participants and their parents/guardians were able to have dinner together and the young men were interviewed by members of the national and regional media.
“The whole deal was a good experience for me and one that I will remember for a long time,” Sean Rogers, who is coached by Jowell Hancock at Rusk, said.