Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Boeckman still has NFL hopes

I came across this article today. It's from the Columbus Dispatch, enjoy!

--Boeckman still has NFL hopes--

Todd Boeckman can't remember the last time he wasn't in training camp this time of year.

"It's probably been 10 years," the former Ohio State quarterback said. "Maybe more than that, if you count seventh and eighth grade."

The Jacksonville Jaguars released Boeckman on Friday, just two days before they opened camp.

It was the latest disappointment he has endured in the past year. After being named first-team All-Big Ten in 2007, the fifth-year senior was benched in favor of freshman Terrelle Pryor after three games last fall.

Boeckman went undrafted in April but landed a tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals. He never heard back from them. The Jaguars signed him in June, and it was a tough blow to be cut just as he was getting ready to head to Florida

I've had a lot of ups and downs," Boeckman said. "I don't know even know the full reason (Jacksonville cut him). I thought I'd at least get a shot in camp."

Boeckman lives in Columbus and will continue working out in case he does get a call. He hasn't had time to formulate a backup plan, such as playing in another pro league or getting a job outside football

There are a lot of unknowns now," he said, adding that he hopes teams will need a quarterback at some point this preseason. "I just have to wait and see if anything pops up."