He didn't necessarily have a favorite NFL team, and lots of times a young Isaiah Pead didn't even have anyone to play football with in the front yard of the duplex his family rented on the east side of Columbus, Ohio.
So Pead would come home from school and chase his dream by chasing his football from the front yard to the back.
"I'd throw it up, over the roof, then sprint around the side," Pead said. "To catch it when you do that, you have to be fast."
He was on to something.
Last weekend, the St. Louis Rams used a second-round draft pick on Pead. By next weekend, he'll be on the field for his real NFL practice and officially be living the dream he had way back when it was just himself and his football in that yard, before he broke some guy named Archie Griffin's high school rushing records at Eastmoor Academy in Columbus and went on to cap his University of Cincinnati career by winning Big East Offensive Player of the Year honors last fall.
Pead hopes he's ...