February 23, 2009

Sherrod and the Super Bowl

Little did Dezmond Sherrod know as he watched the New York Giants comeback win in Super Bowl XLII with friends at his home in Starkville in 2008 that only a year later he would be part of the same experience.

Last February, Sherrod thought his football days were over and he was concentrating fully on getting his master's degree in business administration and beginning a career.

But an invite to the Pittsburgh Steelers mini camp led to Sherrod fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing in the NFL and winning a Super Bowl this season as a member of the Steelers practice squad.

"Everyone hopes to go to the NFL but I never thought I had a realistic chance," Sherrod said. "A year ago I was throwing a Super Bowl party with my friends and this year I was apart of it. It was definitely a dream come true. The whole week we were in Tampa, I was just recording everything and taking pictures of everything because there is no telling if I will ever get another opportunity and I wanted to make the best of it."

Sherrod signed a free agent contract with Pittsburgh after going undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft. Even he knew he would be a long shot to make the roster. Sherrod played in three preseason games catching three passes for 13 yards and made it up until the very last cut before being assigned to the practice squad by the Steelers.

"With me being undrafted, whether I made the active roster or the practice squad I would have been happy," Sherrod said. "I was on the practice squad this entire year and I wouldn't take this year for anything. I loved it.

"It's definitely been a dream come true. Ever since I played little league football through middle school and high school, I've always dreamed of going to the NFL. I never imagined that I would actually make it. But as I have taken each step along the way I have just taken the opportunities as they have presented themselves. I'm definitely glad that I am here and hopefully I can continue to play."

Sherrod lettered for Mississippi State from 2004-07 and made a name for himself as a blocking tight end. In fact, he only hauled in eight catches for 50 yards during his career for the Bulldogs.

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