Who knows where their careers will take them next, but for a 24-hour period, it surely had to be an all time high.
The Chargers began preparations yesterday for the opening game of the season, and for a couple of the rookies on the roster, it had to be a day to remember.
No one knows where nor how long the NFL careers of linebacker Jerry Dzubnar, wide receiver Tyrell Williams and kicker Josh Lambo will go. But for Monday, it had to be a dream come true.
Dzubnar was a walk on linebacker at Cal Poly, once made famous by player turned General Manager Bobby Beathard. Dzubnar now has another notch in his gun belt walking into the Chargers camp as an undrafted free agent, and making the opening day roster. Not bad for a smallish linebacker who epitomizes the adage ‘all football all the time’.
“Dubs” plays with such a big heart.
Williams comes to the NFL from the small time program at Western Oregon. Tall, wiry, quick, he reminds you of another small time receiver who has done well in the NFL, ex-Charger Vincent Jackson, who hailed from Northern Colorado University. Williams might be the next version of Malcom Floyd, headed into the final year of his career.
Lambo is the most unique of all of them.
A former soccer goalie, who was in the camp of the MLS-Dallas Sidekicks, deciding to retire from soccer to give kicking a try. He rewrote all the kicking records at Texas A&M, and arrived in San Diego, producing so much, that popular veteran Nick Novak was sent packing.
There are lots of stories that have days like this around the NFL. Nobodies, who make a roster, with the hopes they can become somebody soon in the NFL.
The trio may not be a super star in the waiting like a Rivers or a Weddle. But they are part of the opening day 53, a dream fulfilled, thanks to opportunity, hard work, and being in the right place at the right time.
Dzubnar, Williams, and Lambo will be in uniform come Sunday against the Detroit Lions, succeeding against all odds, to get this far in their career, hoping opening day is the beginning of lots of days for them in a career hoped for, now about to launch.
A fun day for the 1st day of the opening of the NFL season.