(NEWS10) – Troy native Wade Hansen said he had high hopes of getting drafted into the NFL this weekend but he also told News10ABC he knew it was a longshot.
However, despite not hearing his name called nor signing a free agent contract, Wade will have a chance to fulfill his dream.
Hansen only told News10ABC he has accepted an invitation to attend the Pittsburgh Steelers Minicamp next weekend.
The former Tamarac, RPI, and Virginia Tech star will try and make the black and gold as an Offensive Tackle, the same position he played in college.
News10ABC spoke with Wade on the phone Sunday night and he said he will do all he can to show Pittsburgh he can help them.
“That would be just a dream come true to be honest. It’s something I remember being a little kid, five years old, and telling my dad saying, “I want to try and play professional football and he said, ‘You’re the only one stopping yourself.’ So I just try to control my own destiny. This is where I want my life to go and I’m going to take it as far as I can,” said Hansen.
And should he make the Steelers team, Hansen would join Dion Lewis and Josh Keyes as the only Section II players in the NFL.
Fellow Troy native Jordan Canzeri is also trying to find a spot.