NFL players, they are just like us. Or so we’d like to believe. But in some cases, they actually are.
Former Division II Winona State offensive lineman Nick Urban was given a chance to live out his NFL dream when he was given a tryout with the Vikings. Urban impressed the Vikings coaching staff during a recent rookie minicamp and was given a contract by the team. But before Urban could continue living the dream, he had to work his scheduled shift — at Target.
Urban had taken a part-time job at the retailing giant because it offered the flexibility for him to workout for the draft. And Urban didn’t shun his responsibilities because of his good fortune (via the Star Tribune):
“[Target was] nice enough to take me on, knowing my situation and I owed them a lot,” Urban said. “My parents raised me that way. They were nice enough to help out [at Target] and people that are nice enough to help you you don’t just leave high and dry.”
Urban is a long-shot to make the team, but he offers versatility to the Vikings, playing a number of positions on the offensive line. Urban was playing at left guard during the team’s rookie camp on Sunday.