Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/23/14
New Orleans Saints rookie tackle Tavon Rooks knows the odds are stacked against him. The sixth-round draft pick has seen his NFL.com draft profile, which was completely blank on draft day (it has since been updated.) Rooks burst out laughing when asked about the page. "I knew I wasn't that important," he said. Rooks didn't get to the NFL the easy way. He's been through four different schools in his college career. He was told by all the teams he talked to through the draft process that he would likely be an undrafted free agent. When Sean Payton called to tell him the Saints were going to pick him, Rooks, who was at a baseball game with his girlfriend, thought it was a prank. Even Rooks' agent didn't get a sense that he'd be drafted. But for Rooks, who has described the road to get to New Orleans as "tough," it's all been a blessing. Rooks initially thought his football career was over after high school, and enrolled at Kingsville Community College in Maryland to focus on a degree and life after sports. "Graduating high school, I didn't know I was going to play football," he said. "I was just thinking of going to school and making my mama proud. I went to a community college called Kingsville, started there, went to work, saved my money up, because I wasn't recruited out of high school." A call from College of the Canyons in California changed his plans. The school, which was looking for a starting right tackle, offered him a spot on the team. Rooks wanted to get away from his hometown, and thinking it might be the last opportunity to ever play football, went cross-country for another shot.
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