NEWARK, Del. - All that Joe Callahan is looking for is a chance.
The recently graduated Wesley College Football quarterback put up the most prolific offensive season that NCAA Division III Football has ever seen, and now he's hoping that one of the 32teams in the National Football League will give him the opportunity to do the same at the highest professional level.
Callahan took one step closer to an NFL future when he competed at the University of Delaware's Pro Day last week where several scouts were on hand to watch several local graduating college athletes complete speed and agility drills.
Joe took part in the 40-yard dash, agility shuttle, and several other drills as NFL scouts watched on. Personnel representing the Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, and Miami Dolphins were all in attendance.
In his senior season, Joe Callahan shattered the NCAA Division III single-season passing yards record, throwing for 5,063 yards an 55 touchdowns while completing nearly 70% of his passes on his way to earning the coveted Gagliardi Trophy, given to the best player in Division III. The quarterback led Wesley to their 11th straight NCAA Tournament appearance and their seventh straight NCAA Quarterfinal.
Several NFL players have Division III backgrounds, so there is hope for Callahan in the pros. Notable players such as running back Fred Jackson (Coe College), and wide receiver Pierre Garcon (Norwich University, Mount Union College) played at the Division III level. Just last year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Ali Marpet out of Hobart College in the second round of the NFL draft.
Joe Callahan will continue his preparation as the NFL Draft draws nearer, and continue hoping for his chance to catch on with an NFL team.