Shrewsbury native Shawn Loiseau pursuing NFL dream this week at the combine
|02.26.12 at 1:33 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — He is the longest of long shots, but Massachusetts native Shawn Loiseau knows that he still has a chance.
The linebacker out of Merrimack College is aiming to be the next small-school star to make it to the NFL. The 6-foot-0, 244-pounder is at the NFL scouting combine this week in Indianapolis, on the field with the most elite prospects in the game and hoping to catch the eye of an NFL coach or GM.
‘My goal since I’ve been seven years old, my dream has been to play in the NFL and growing up it’s always been my dream,’ Loiseau said. ‘And then, coming into college, I was overlooked, my senior year I was Massachusetts player of the year — I led my team to 13-0 (mark) and a state championship and not one school came knocking, not even one offered me to walk on.’
As a result, he landed at Merrimack, where he became a two-time conference player of the year. He helped the Warriors win the Northeast 10 conference in 2009. All the while, he never stopped thinking about the fact that he never got any offers to play high-level college football.
‘I never stopped thinking about it; it just made me want to work harder,’ he said. ‘I have a huge chip on my shoulder. I’m always competing against the guys I can’t see, just being overlooked and being told that I can’t do things and people laughing at me ‘ when I tell people I want to play in the NFL I’ve always had people laugh at me, like, ‘Yeah, Shawn, that’s a good joke.’ But to me it’s been something that’s realistic, just a lot of hard work that I’ve been putting in.’
The Shrewsbury native would love a chance to play for New England.
‘Big Patriots fan. I love the Patriots. I grew up watching the Patriots, my family are all Patriots fans,’ he said. ‘That would be unreal. That would be awesome. My family’s like, ‘Shawn if you go to Patriots it would be unreal, we’d be at every game.’ And I’m like ‘Yeah, where were you in college and high school? You never came to my games then, now you want to come to my games. I was only down the road, it’s not like you had to travel far.’’