I’ve been asked by a lot of people over my twitter account (John_W_Bender) and by friends and family to give an update on my training so here it goes.
After the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl I returned to Reno, and found out shortly after that that I was not invited to the NFL combine or to any major all star games. This definitely came as a surprise to me, I was being told before the year and during the year that I should be going to both, but I guess my sources on these topics weren’t entirely accurate.
Since then I have signed with Ken Sarnoff from Gaylord Sports. He has an impressive client list including Nate Burleson and Chester Taylor among others. A lot of agents offered me different things enticing me to sign with them, from super bowl tickets, to a rental hummer, basically you name it they offered it. But at the end of the day I know that I don’t want to get my money from an agent, I want to get my money from playing the game I love, from that NFL paycheck. I thought my agent I chose would give me the best opportunity to do that.
I then decided to train in Reno, with our strength coaches here. Its a very familiar situation for me, and I have seen gains already from my training. I’ve been working hard and plan to turn some heads here at pro day on March 22nd.
I’ve seen my name thrown around from being a mid-round pick to being an un-drafted FA. All I really want is an opportunity in a camp somewhere, I think I can prove what I have to everyone there.This whole situation really isn’t that new to me, I was lightly recruited out of high school. I wasn’t a 5 star recruit or anything. I came to Nevada changed positions a few times and had to work my way up the depth chart. I’m confident something similar will happen in the NFL I’m pretty good at adapting, I was able to start and succeed at tackle first, and then learned how to play guard during a bye week my sophomore year and started against UNLV the next week, and never really looked back.
I appreciate the support I’ve gotten from family, friends and fans and if anyone would like to know anything else, let me know, leave a comment. I plan on blogging a few more times before pro day on March 22nd.
John W. Bender