The bright beams of sunlight were making it hard to be outside for long stretches without sweating through a shirt.
In 2006, Isaac Rochell stood on a football field outside of Atlanta. He looked around at his peers, worshippers of one of the South’s favorite religions, and thought, “This might not be for me.”
He’d have rather been working on the family farm, walking huge buckets of water down to the pig pens on the edge of their property — a distance necessitated by the stench of the swine.
For two more years, Rochell played football without a passion for it. He tried to play because he wanted to be like his brother. He tried to play because every young boy, it seemed, wanted to be in football’s congregation.
“I hated it,” he said.
Then Rochell became a Charger — at Eagles Landing Christian Academy — right as he was learning to love a game his body would be built for.
Sunday, the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Rochell will take the field as a Charger again, this time as a professional, a seventh-round defensive lineman from Notre Dame with no guarantees of a spot on the final 53-man roster.
It’s an extended job interview for one of around 50 guys competing for the 10 or so available roster spots.
“Half of us won’t have a job (at the end of camp), essentially. I definitely think about that,” Rochell said. “If someone tells you they’re not, they’re either making way more money than I am or they’re lying. That’s just the truth of it.”
Rochell is part of a Chargers rookie class consisting of seven drafted players and a…
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