Friday, January 31, 2014

Ex-Wesley Chapel QB’s ‘long journey’ leads to NFL

WESLEY CHAPEL, Florida — For a moment, sitting in the metal bleachers, overlooking his old high school’s football field, Greg Jenkins allowed the memories to flood back.

It was a time when a frail high school kid dreamed of playing college football and then, maybe, in the National Football League.

Jenkins, 24, is living those dreams as a college graduate and member of the Oakland Raiders.

“It feels like I’m in a dream and I haven’t even woke up yet,” said Jenkins, a 2008 Wesley Chapel High School graduate who recently completed his first season with Oakland. “I was thinking about it the other day and I just thought, ‘Wow, I’m blessed. Fortunate.’ I worked hard for it.

“One percent of college athletes make it to the NFL and (when) you can say you’re one of those guys, that’s amazing.”

Jenkins signed a three-year contract with the Raiders in ...


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