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Wright’s NFL Journal Blog, Part 2

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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. David writes about his experience.

"On the last day of the Tennessee Titans' veteran mini-camp, I was called into the VP of player personnel's office and told to bring my iPad.  I immediately felt my throat tighten, because I knew that could only mean one thing.  In the process of being released by the Titans, I spoke with the VP of player personnel, Coach Ken Whisenhunt, and my tight end coach, Mike Mularkey.  They all were profuse in telling me that I did all that was asked of me, they love my raw talent, and that they believe I have a future in the NFL.  They told me when other teams call to inquire about me, they will give me a very strong recommendation.  However, they said they were looking for someone who would be able to make an impact this season, so they signed Dorin Dickerson (West Allegheny and Pitt grad), who is going into his fifth year in the NFL.  As I have only started 13 games in my entire football career, I understand their decision and thanked them greatly for the opportunity, but I assured each one of them that I am capable of a greatness that only I can see, and that we will cross paths again.

My five-and-a-half weeks in the NFL were the most thrilling weeks of my life.  Having the honor and distinction of playing on a team full of world-class athletes was an extraordinary experience that I will never forget and will always take pride in.  Especially coming from such a small football program (only 2 other D3 players got signed to an NFL contract in 2014), it was both intimidating and exciting to be playing alongside guys from huge programs.  My first week of camp, I recall my friend being interviewed after practice. The reporter asked, "What is it like coming from such a small school in Western Kentucky University and playing among players from big time programs?" and I thought to myself If Western Kentucky is a small school, what does that make Westminster?  But by the time we stepped on the field I was no longer enamored by all the big names, and I had bonded with the rookie class.    

My time with Tennessee showed me what I need to improve on, so I will be working on those areas to improve my game until I get a call from another team.  As of now, teams aren't practicing and they all have their 90-man rosters set.  That said, I likely won't hear anything until training camp starts at the end of July and players begin getting injured and/or underperforming, thus opening up opportunities for me to prove myself.  Until then, I will continue striving to defeat the odds."

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Men’s Basketball: Belize Trip Blog – Final Entry

Monday, July 7, 2014

***Members of the Titan men's basketball team share about their 2014 Belize trip in this exclusive blog.

"Today was the last day in Belize for the Westminster men's basketball team.  We started our day at 6:00 a.m. to catch a small speed boat to San Pedro.  We all then proceeded to take a small plane that held only 15 people on it from San Pedro to Belize City to catch our 10:30 a.m. flight.  This two-and-a-half-hour flight took us to Houston, Texas where we would only have to catch one more plane to get back to Pittsburgh.  However, before we caught the last plane we had about a 4-hour layover where we all enjoyed having our first American meal in weeks. We ate a variety of food from Wendy's to Subway to even some Chinese. We finally boarded our last plane of the day at 6:30 p.m. (over 12 hours since we woke up) where our estimated time of arrival was around 10:50 p.m. We ended up landing around 10:30 p.m. where we all eagerly got our bags so that we could go home. We spent about 15 hours today trying to get home so obviously it was a very long day for us but the whole time we enjoyed talking about the great memories we had in Belize.  It was an amazing experience that none of us would ever forget and we were all so thankful that we got the privilege to go somewhere that a lot of people would never be able to go in their life."

-Garrett Ashbaugh, Freshman Guard

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Men's Basketball: Belize Trip Blog - Part 6

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

***Members of the Titan men's basketball team share about their 2014 Belize trip in this exclusive blog.

"Today the Westminster Titans had a very relaxed day at Coco Beach. Two Titans rented a fishing charter for a half day, Jason Pilarski and me. We had a successful time out on the charter catching Grouper and Yellowfins. Jason had the "Catch of the Day" hauling in a "Trigger Fish." After the fishing, the USA Soccer team had a very intense match against Belgium. The score was tied, 0-0 at the end of regulation. The game then went into extra time and Belgium quickly jumped to a 2-0 lead. The USA then retaliated with a goal to make it 2-1. The final score of the game eventually ended at an upsetting 2-1 USA loss. The Titans met one of the coolest people ever while at Coco Beach, his name was Eduardo. He was the man and he was one of the most laid back people and before we left we all took pictures with him for the memories. The Titans also took pictures together at the front of the resort in order to retain these memories for a lifetime because it's not every day that people get the opportunity to travel outside of the country to play basketball. Coach Siroki gave us that opportunity and we are all grateful for that."

-Cameron Pozsgai, Sophomore Guard

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Men’s Basketball: Belize Trip Blog - Part 5

Monday, June 30, 2014

***Members of the Titan men's basketball team share about their 2014 Belize trip in this exclusive blog.

"Usually Mondays are not everyone's favorite day of the week.  This Monday in Coco Beach was definitely not like an average Monday.  We started the day off by having some fun in the pool. We jumped off the rock and slid down the slide. We tossed a football around and also played a team game of volleyball. After the morning fun in the swimming pool, we hopped on the boat to make our way to the Coral reef to do some snorkeling.  While snorkeling we saw fish, sting rays, and even sharks.  Call us crazy but some of the players even hugged the sharks.  After snorkeling we came back to the resort and relaxed until we played another basketball game.  Although the Titans took a loss, it was a hard fought game against the San Pedro Tiger Sharks.  Overall, it was a glorious day in Coco Beach."

-Jason Pilarski, Sophomore Guard

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Men’s Basketball: Belize Trip Blog - Part 4

Sunday, June 29, 2014

***Members of the Titan men's basketball team share about their 2014 Belize trip in this exclusive blog.

"To start the day, we had breakfast at the Princess Hotel. After breakfast, we had a two-minute ride to the local airport. We watched the Brazil-Chile World Cup game while waiting to board our plane. Our plane was very unique in that it only held fifteen passengers, the smallest plane any of us have ever been on. It was a fourteen-minute flight from Belize City to San Pedro, all over the Caribbean Sea. The water was very clear. Once we landed in San Pedro, we took an eight-minute water taxi to Coco Beach Resort. Upon arrival, we received a short tour of our resort. In our resort, we have multiple pools, a hot-tub, a water slide, and a jumping rock. We also have the beach just steps from our resort. We all instantly changed into our bathing suits to enjoy the beautiful weather by the pool. We spent the majority of the day swimming in the pool and enjoying the hot tub. After swimming, we walked up the beach to a restaurant called Captain Morgan's where we ate dinner (mostly chicken fingers and pizza). The rest of the night, we hung out as a team and bonded over Super Smash Brothers."

-Charlie Wallander, Junior Forward

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