1. Jordan Westerkamp is a positive thinker, an upbeat person in general — and he remains upbeat about his chances to eventually play in the NFL.
“Right now, I’m training my butt off,” he said last week from his home in suburban Chicago.
Westerkamp, who ranks second all-time at Nebraska in career receptions (167), wasn’t selected in the NFL Draft in late April. But he since has had tryouts with Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Miami.
What’s more, “I went and did a little workout with the Kansas City Chiefs about a week ago and did extremely well,” he said. “Me, the G.M. and my agent have been in talks. That’s looking pretty bright for me.
“We’ll just see what happens when (NFL team) camps roll around here in the next couple weeks. You know how camp is — people go down (with injuries) left and right. I mean, I know I’ll end up somewhere. It’s just a matter of time and opportunity.
“The NFL is so crazy,” he added. “I could get a call tomorrow and sign with some team. Right now, I’m just getting in the best shape of my life and making sure I’m ready to go for any teams that call me.”
The 6-foot, 200-pound Westerkamp is a popular former Husker in large part because of the difficult catches and clutch plays he made over the course of his career. But his draft chances took a hit during bowl practice in December when he suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee.
“With no knee injury, and with a strong finish to the season, there’s no doubt in my mind I would’ve been drafted,” he said.
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