WORCESTER, MA – When NFL hopeful, Joe Clancy went to bed last night, he knew it wasn’t going to be easy to fall asleep. But then again, how could it be knowing that today could be one of the biggest days of his life.
“I’m just real anxious and excited,” admitted the Merrimack quarterback. “It’s been a long process and now that it’s here it’s just about keeping my mind at ease and hoping for the best.”
Despite not taking snaps in a real game since the Medal of Honor Bowl, nearly four months ago, Clancy has stayed committed to ensure his routine doesn’t change.
“It’s tough sometimes but you know what it’s all for,” said Clancy. “You’re training each day for months trying to improve your weaknesses just knowing that all that work is trying to get you that one call this weekend.”
Even though Clancy admits he knew he’d have to wait until day three in hopes to receive a call from an NFL team, he’s kept a close eye on teams that have talked with him, knowing the quarterback is one of the thinner positions in the NFL when it comes to playing the 'numbers game.'
“I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say I haven't been following it, especially the quarterbacks,” Clancy said. “But at the end of the day you can’t get caught up on who’s picking who. Just have to have patience and keep a level mind.”
Drawing interest from teams such as the New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts, the Newburyport, MA native admits the commitment and sacrifices made to pursue his dream has taught him a lot about himself.
“The biggest thing this whole process does is test your character,” Clancy explained. “Each day you’re trying to do the right things and know that each decision you make can have a huge impact on what you’re trying to accomplish. You just stay focused on everything you do to ensure it’s beneficial to your playing career.”
Clancy, who eclipsed the 4000 yard mark passing and threw for 48 touchdowns this season doesn't care how he signs with a team but rather just wants an opportunity to prove himself in camp.
“Whether it’s a draft pick, an undrafted free agent or even a mini-camp invite, I’m going to make the most out of any opportunities teams give me,” said the 2013 Northeast-10 Offensive Player of the Year . “All that truly matters is a team that believes in me that gives me a chance. If I get that chance then it’s all on me. This is something I’ve worked for my entire life so whatever happens, happens just keep motivated determined.”
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