Imagine spending your whole life training to make it to the NFL, sitting through the draft and not hearing your name be called. That is what Beckley native Chase Hancock went through this past weekend. However, he was invited to a tryout with the Minnesota Vikings. Meaning he will have to work even harder to make is dream a reality.
“My mindset is to show the scouts that you know I belong and that I am very capable of performing and getting the job done,” Hancock said.
Hancock graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 2014 and attended Marshall. John Lilly is the former head coach at Woodrow Wilson, and said Hancock was a humble and model athlete.
“Chase was an outstanding high school football player,” Lilly said. “And it basically starts with character, on what kind of character he had. And if there were boxes to check on how to go from high school to college to pro, he would check every one of them.”
Hancock wants to let the younger generation know just because you come from a small town does not mean you cannot make it big.
“You know just show that you’re very capable. It doesn’t matter what school you came from, what area you came from. The odds are stacked against you, but you have to fight against those odds and tune out the naysayers,” Hancock said.
Hancock finished his career with the Thundering Herd with 320 career tackles, 7 sacks, 14 pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles.
He said this has all been a dream come true but none of this could have happened without the support from is family, friends, coaches and community.
“I didn’t get here by myself and it takes a village to raise a child. Everybody has had a helping hand in me getting this far,” Hancock said.
Hancock flies out Thursday to Minnesota for his tryout with the Vikings.