Cairo, GA - Angelo Pease took his first steps toward an NFL future at Cairo's West Thomas Stadium.
For the first time, Pease is back in his hometown as a professional football player.The Green Bay Packers rookie trains at the field he once played on during the offseason.
"When I first got here I was the little guy that had to prove himself," he said. "Then when I proved myself that's when I became noticed. That's how I'm approaching the NFL."
Pease led the Syrupmakers to the state title game two years in a row as a quarterback. He won during his senior year.
"There's nothing like it. It's one of the best experiences of my life," he said.
He signed with Kansas State out of high school, but didn't have the grades. So he jumped on an offer to play for Hutchinson Community College where he was converted to a running back.
Once his two years were up at the JUCO level, he remained loyal to his original commitment and signed for a second time with Kansas State.
"In my second year I got the chance to play and I didn't play as much as I wanted to, but every time I got the ball I got in the game," he said. "I tried my best. I gave it my all."
But his all left him undrafted. That didn't the Green Bay Packers from giving him a chance. Two months ago, the former free agent signed a three year deal with the Packers worth the rookie minimum.
"You can't just come in and all of a sudden have respect," he said. "Everybody was a rookie at one time and had to earn their respect."
A lesson he learned at Cairo.
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