A former Franklin High School Football offensive tackle is preparing for his professional career in the NFL.
Levon Myers’ football career began when he was invited to play during recess at Franklin Elementary School, and now he’s preparing for the NFL Draft.
Myers’ name is first on the wall for Franklin football, and one thing comes to mind when he returns to the halls of the school.
“I just think you know, of the good times I've had here,” he said. “Goofing around in the hallways with my friends. You know, hanging out in this spot before football games with my teammates.”
But it wasn’t always that way.
“Growing up, elementary school and even you know, into middle school a little bit, I was the absolute last person to be picked,” he said. “I was so uncoordinated. I mean I couldn't even tie my shoes, I couldn't walk.
But Myers quickly became a star on the Franklin football field, and at the collegiate level for the Northern Illinois University Huskies. Now he may have a chance to play for another hometown team.
Last week Myers met with the Green Bay Packers, the team he rooted for as a kid.
“That was an amazing experience,” he said. “You know, the Packers, that's, you know, hometown team. That's who I grew up rooting for. Everyone around me roots for them. So it was really cool going up to Lambeau. Seeing their whole facility.”
Myers said he met with the offensive line coach and bumped into Head Coach Mike McCarthy for a minute, as well.
“Shook his hand, said hi,” Myers said. “He's pretty busy right now, like most coaches are.”
Draft evaluators rave about Myers intelligence, character and faith.
“To give everything in my life, including football up to God,” he said. “And once I did that, it just everything, it just felt like a huge weight came off of my shoulders.”
On Thursday night Myers will watch the first round of the NFL draft. On Friday he’ll go fishing. On Saturday, however, his life will change forever.
“To be able to play a game as a professional to make millions of dollars?” he said. “That would be an enormous blessing and a ton of fun to be able to honor not just my family and my faith but my school.”
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