NFL Draft Scout rated Rod Streater the 122nd wide receiver in the 2012 Draft. Proving the experts correct during the days of the draft Streater never heard his name called after finishing a highly unproductive career at Temple University a football program on the rise that has produced some top notch talent at running back but not much else in recent years. But never mind draft status. All that means is how much money you’re owed. Streater’s rookie year was all about proving the experts completely wrong when it came to evaluating his game.
It’s no small feat that ESPN’s AFC West blogger Bill Williamson named Streater the division’s rookie of the year for the 2012 season.
Truly defining the term diamond in the rough Streater’s route to the NFL is the stuff of Hollywood screenplays. I mused on the difficulty of making an NFL roster when Streater was invited to Oakland’s rookie mini-camp back in May of last year. Little did I know Streater would be just that unique talent that would catch the eye of the coaching staff, become a starter for the season opener and by season’s end become a fixture in Oakland indeed the NFL for years to come.
Reggie McKenzie’s staff certainly did their homework and the coaches did an exceptional job in developing their young prodigy. However the bulk of the credit has to go to Streater who dared to dream, work and stay dedicated to his craft despite being pitted with the longest odds possible of making an NFL roster.
So with the 2013 Draft fast approaching there will be plenty of talk about the big names many of which are likely to have no impact their first year. Even more draftees will be gone from the league in less than two years. Guys like Streater are what makes the game so special and reminds us all that no matter the odds if you stay hungry and humble you dreams can indeed come true.