The All-American Dream

Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/sportsillustrated.cnn.com Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

Edited by: Tommy Parrill (@DearTommy)

If you ask me, it is safe to say that we all have goals and dreams in some way, shape or form.  For myself, my highest goal is to one day, be the radio voice of the Cleveland Indians, and honestly, I hope to reach that goal one day.  This past Thursday night, another dream came true.  With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Eric Fisher, who is an offensive tackle out of Central Michigan University. Coming into the draft, the chances were good that either Fisher or Luke Joeckel were going to be the number one pick overall, and to all of the offensive linemen out there, they were representing in a big way.  There is no question that Fisher was deserving of the first pick, but in terms of where he came from, that makes the moment that much more sweet.

History shows that not many players from the Mid-American Conference have been selected as the top pick in the NFL Draft.  As good as teams from the MAC are, they just don’t measure up consistently with programs from the SEC, Big Ten and the Big 12.  So when a kid from the Mid-American Conference is valued as one of the top draft prospects along with players from Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Alabama and West Virginia, that is pretty special.  Fisher doesn’t sound like a typical player from the MAC, as he weighs in at 306 pounds and is 6’7”, but more like a lineman from a major conference. Even though there are plenty of football players from smaller conferences that get drafted from rounds one through seven, Fisher’s selection has changed the game.

What Eric Fisher being drafted showed us is that anything is possible.  Granted, his size and athletic ability had a lot to do with that, but if that is the case, then why didn’t he go to a bigger school with a better football program?  Fisher played in 8 games his freshman year at Central Michigan, so it isn’t like this kid came into college as a world beater.  He took his college career in strides and eventually became a 3rd Team All-American after his senior season.  Fisher continued to progress every year and it didn’t matter if he was at Central Michigan or Ohio State.  Whether he knows it or not, Eric Fisher showed every college football player that no matter where you are or how many national titles you have, if you work hard and continue to make yourself the best you can be, the opportunities are endless.  Fisher could’ve gone to CMU, played out his career, got his education and moved on, but he didn’t.  Like every other athlete out there, he had a goal.  That goal was to one-day play in the NFL. He knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but his hard work paid off.

We can all learn something from Eric Fisher. When the chips are against us, you must work harder, and when the consensus doesn’t believe in you, prove them wrong.  To quote my late, great grandfather, “when the going get tough, the tough get going,” and if you ask me, Fisher got tough and then some.