Thursday, May 15, 2014NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Former Westminster College tight tend David Wright (Solon, OH / Solon), who recently graduated from Westminster with a degree in business administration, signed as an undrafted NFL free agent with the Tennessee Titans earlier this week.
"When I received that phone call after the draft, I was overcome with emotion," Wright said. "I was elated, but the idea of me being in the NFL was surreal. I have faced unmeasurable odds throughout my football career, so I reflected on my journey and felt a great deal of pride."
Two years ago, Wright suffered a broken ankle against St. Vincent. After months of rehabilitation, he returned to play last season and earned all-PAC second team honors.
Wright, who never played high school football, participated in a regional scouting combine earlier this spring at Bloomsburg where he attracted attention from several NFL teams. At 6-foot-5, 252 pounds, he ran a 4.58-second 40-yard dash, recorded the combine's best vertical jump (36 inches), and bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times.
Westminster has had three players play in an NFL regular season game, with the last coming in 1997 when Eric Stocz played for the Detroit Lions. Wright's goal is to become the fourth Titan since 1925.
"My ultimate goal is to make the 53-man roster and help the Titans however I can," Wright said. "But making it onto the practice squad would provide me a great opportunity to develop as a football player and reach my potential, thus getting me closer to my ultimate goal."
Wright, who will wear no. 87 for the Titans, was flown to Nashville on Sunday to get ready for the Titans' rookie mini-camp which is scheduled to start on Friday.
Wright added, "Another thing that made it so special for me was the amount of love and kind words I received from my peers."
*Information from triblive.com's Jerry DiPaola's story was used in this release.
**Stay tuned for Wright's Training Camp Diary which will be posted on the Titan Sports Blog.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.