Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Bloomington, IL
Motorcycle: 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600
Re: NFL Draft
Went to high school with this guy...hes a badass
Illinois tight end Michael Hoomanawanui viewed his postseason as a business venture.
And it worked out.
After an injury-plagued senior season, in which Illinois struggled to a 3-9 finish, Hoomanawanui performed well enough at the Senior Bowl, the NFL combine and his individual pro day to persuade the Rams to draft him in the fifth round (132nd overall).
"It was in the back of my head," he said of his senior season, when he missed four games with an ankle injury. "Coaches told me I was going to be all right. Family and friends kept pushing me. I looked at (postseason opportunities) as business trips (to show) that I was all healed up and I can play."
Hoomanawanui, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound native of Bloomington, Ill., caught only 10 passes for 114 yards last fall. His junior season was far more productive with 25 receptions for 312 yards and two touchdowns.
He performed individually for the Ravens, Rams, Bengals and Browns in Champaign. He believes he has a chance to remain on the Rams' roster and see action.
"I've got a great opportunity to go in there and showcase my skills," he said.