(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) National Football League rookie camps bring football talent from all levels together. Yet, it's not often talent rooted in 8-Man Football goes on to sport NFL helmets.
St. Joseph Christian won their last 8-Man State Championship in 2006 thanks to a high-octane offense featuring All-State wideout Adam Nelson.
"Adam was just a part of the team and really helped us with his receiving skills, being 6-foot-5 and the reach that he had," St. Joe Christian head coach Mark Juhl said.
This weekend, he found himself where you rarely see even the most decorated of 8-Man studs.
"I don't really tell too many people I played 8-Man," Nelson said. "They'd probably laugh at me. I just tell them I long snap and that gets enough laughs as it is."
Nelson spent the last three day at Chiefs rookie minicamp after taking a road less-traveled for most NFL prosepcts.
"His first love has always been baseball," Juhl said. "We don't have baseball at St. Joe Christian, but these guys are so loyal, they say: 'Hey, if he's going to play college baseball, the Lord's going to have to find a way to make that happen because we are not sending him to another school to play baseball.'"
Nelson played summer baseball for the Andrew County Kings and landed a roster spot with Villanova.
In 2009, a run-in with a football coach while messing around with long snapping earned him a walk-on spot with Wildcat Football.
"It's kind of crazy how throwing a ball between my legs got me here," Nelson said. "I'm just hanging out, taking in what I can, learning, and meeting people."
Quite the experience for a guy who grew up just 60 miles north of Kansas City, but he didn't make the journey just to meet and greet.
He's got every intention to earn the job.
"You've got three days and you have to be perfect every snap, three days in a row. You've go to try to stand out somehow, too."
Should that happen, the former Lion could find himself at training camp this summer at the same field he captured a state title.
"That'd be just a whirlwind. I've got to tell a couple buddies back in Villanova how it went. I'll tell my mom and dad too. They'll probably want to know."
"If the Chiefs end up signing him, they'll never have any trouble with him," Juhl added. "He's just a hard worker and he'll do whatever's expected of him. That's what he did for me."
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