TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Today, some University of Arizona football players put their talents on display for NFL scouts from the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers and a slew of others in town for the university’s annual pro day.
Pro day is arguably the most important day in the life of a football player. It’s an interview for a job most have spent their entire lives working toward -- a spot on an NFL roster.
Five Wildcats took part in today’s drills inside Arizona Stadium. Drills included everything from bench pressing to the vertical jump, and maybe the most well known... the 40-yard dash.
“I felt like I ran a 4.3 today,” said Gary Brightwell, former UArizona football player. “I came out, stumbled, but I feel like my get-back speed was what helped me get a good time.”
To put that speed into perspective, the fastest official 40-yard dash ever clocked was 4.22 seconds.
“My 40 is going to be my 40,” said Brightwell. “You can’t really change that much about speed. You either got it or you don’t.”
Another notable moment at pro day, Roy Lopez Jr. benched pressed 225 pounds, just like everyone else. The difference, Lopez did it 36 times in a row.
“I was hoping for 40,” said Lopez, a former UArizona football player. “But I’m happy with that number.”
Lopez, Brightwell and the others say they were happy with their performances.
“It was fun. This thing was a long time coming,” said Lopez. “You train 8, 9, 10, 11 weeks at a time getting your body ready for the next stage.”
Now these five Wildcats will wait, in hopes what they did today was enough to get their name called on draft night.
This year’s NFL draft will be held in Cleveland, OH. It starts April 29 and runs through May 1. And looking ahead to the college season, the Wildcats’ spring practices start next week.
Today, head coach Jedd Fisch says the university is looking into ways to safely allow fans to come watch in-person.