Written by Luis Sung | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
The seventh-round draft pick Terrence Fede is catching the eyes of a lot of local media pundits as well as a large quantity of the fan base, but what makes his apparent talent more shocking is the fact that he comes from a very small school called Marist where no player had ever been drafted into the NFL before.
"My kids and I were watching and jumped off my couch like we'd won the Super Bowl,'' said Scott Rumsey, the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Marist after seeing Fede get drafted by the Dolphins.
Fede was not invited to the combine and he didn't even get a scholarship from his school. Of course, neither did any of his teammates for that matter.
"I get the jokes all the time from my [Dolphins] teammates – 'Where's Marist?; Is that Division III; 'I've never heard of that school,' " Fede said. "But when we all get on the field, we're going to work. It doesn't matter where you're from."
Fede has had to overcome a lot so far on his way to the NFL, he wasn't expected to make a big impact, but thanks to what he's managed to do so far, he's given himself a huge boost of confidence.
"In my mind before I got here, I wanted to say I can compete at this level,'' he said. "At the same time, I'd never competed with guys like that. I had to go out and see that I could. And now I know I can."
If Fede can keep this up, he could do more than just be the first player from Marist to be drafted in the NFL, he might even be able to be a really good player, making history in more than one way.