The Hard Life of an NFL Longshot


Chad Spann was a teammate of Falcons LB Pat Schiller at Northern Illinois. Schiller is featured in the New York Times Magazine this weekend and he provides a glimpse into his rookie training camp and preseason. Photo by Icon Sports Media, Inc.

If you haven’t read Charles Siebert’s feature on his nephew, Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Pat Schiller you need to take 30 minutes to do so. Schiller was an undrafted free agent signed by an NFL team. This is a strong, interactive feature that also features video segments of Schiller talking about his experiences and playing the game.

If you find that you want to learn more about this perspective, I had the pleasure of interviewing Chad Spann, Schiller’s former teammate at Northern Illinois who bested Cam Newton as the touchdown leader during his senior year, and was an undrafted free agent signed by the Colts before having stints on the Buccaneers and Steelers practice squads. You can find more about Spann here.

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