A former Columbus Cardinal varsity football player has achieved the dream of countless athletes … the dream of signing with an NFL football team.
LaAdrian Waddle, who is a 2009 Columbus High School graduate and a (December) 2012 Texas Tech graduate, where he competed as a starter for the Red Raiders at Offensive tackle during the span of four seasons, has done just that.
According to detroitlionsdraft.com, Waddle officially signed over the past weekend as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit football team in the National Football League.
LaAdrian said in a phone interview, even though he wasn’t drafted this year, he knew he had a chance to get a good free agent deal.
“I had been contacted by Denver, San Francisco, Baltimore, Miami and then Detroit,” Waddle said. “Based on the team needs and the best fit for me, I chose the Lions because it gave me the best shot to make the team and contribute.”
Waddle added that he really looks forward to moving up to Detroit to make an impression and push for a spot on the roster, and possibly, a starting tackle position.
He also commented that he appreciates the support he has received dating back to when he started playing football in his hometown of Columbus, all the way through the years he competed as a Red Raider for Texas Tech in front of crowds of thousands in large stadiums, up to now.
“I appreciate everyone who has been supportive during my high school and collegiate career,” Waddle said. “I hope to continue to receive the support of my family, friends and colleagues as I continue my football career.”
Tidehaven High School Head Varsity Football Coach and Athletic Director Brent Mascheck, who was the Athletic Director/Head Football Coach at Columbus ISD during the years LaAdrian competed as a starter for the Cardinals (2006-08 seasons), spoke with great excitement in regards to the news of Waddle signing with the Detroit Lions.
“He is a very deserving young man and I am so happy for him,” Mascheck said. “He has worked very hard to get to this point in his career and understands the challenges that are in front of him in the NFL as he is living the dream.”
Mascheck also said that Detroit is a good place for LaAdrian since the Lions have a good offense. He added that he has now become a big Detroit Lions’ fan as he continues to show his support for his former pupil.
Check upcoming editions of The Citizen for more information about Waddle’s journey to the NFL.