Thomas Keiser left Stanford a year early certain he'd get drafted.
But when no team called his name during the NFL draft this past April, Keiser quickly realized he'd have to take the hard road and put in extra work to achieve his lifelong dream of playing in the league.
And he's done just that.
The rookie defensive end was one of the few bright spots for the Panthers on Sunday, recording a pair of sacks in the team's 49-35 loss to the Detroit Lions in just his second game. Although coaches acknowledge Keiser isn't the most physically gifted lineman on the team, they say he makes up for it in other areas and his NFL future is bright.
The Panthers (2-8) travel to face winless Indianapolis on Sunday.