College football is one of the most entertaining spectacles in the United States. Die-hard fans arrive at the stadiums every game to watch their beloved team play, rain or shine, win or lose. The changing of the leaves encourages tailgates, school pride and raucous cheering. Rivalries that can span an entire century bring intrigue to the weekends when the teams play each other. Fans reminisce on the glory days and ask, “Is this our year?” every year, whether their hopes are a possibility or far-fetched. While many fans are passionate about their team, most will never have the chance to play for their beloved college. However, here at Samford, some college students may get to live out their football dreams.
A couple of months after Samford ended their football season in November, an email was sent out to students on Jan. 18 that offered Samford students the opportunity to possibly see their name on the back of a jersey. Open tryouts will be held on Feb. 8, and allow students of all years to show what they’re made of. Unfortunately, the window to sign up for the tryouts has closed, so the staff is not recruiting any more players. The players who signed up for the tryouts are playing the positions of special team, linebacker, quarterback, running back and wide receiver. While the players trying out are not given a roster spot, the tryouts are a way for students to fulfill their dreams of playing high-level college football. The Samford football teams are always competitive, playing highly talented FCS teams and one Power 5 team from the FBS every year. Next year, Samford heads to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators. Even if the players who make the team don’t play in the game, standing on the sidelines in the stadium dubbed “The Swamp” would be an unforgettable experience. In addition, being a part of a sports team at any level creates bonds lasting for many years. The ability to compete with some of your best friends is a dream come true. Being a walk-on football player wouldn’t be easy, as dedicating most of the day to football workouts while still focusing on school is no easy feat. The reward, though, is being a part of a college football team and creating fond memories that can be looked back upon in years with fondness and joy.