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A Closer Look: DajLeon Farr
SAN DIEGO – The Texas city boy has a few country inclinations.
A 6-foot-5, 256-pound tight end that grew up in Houston and reached San Diego through Miami and Memphis is not likely to portray rural tendencies.
That’s why, when DajLeon (pronounced DAY-lee-on) Farr revealed one of his hobbies in the locker room during OTAs, his teammates all chuckled.
“I ride horses,” Farr said. “I like a whole range of things. I’ve got a little country in me.”
The playful Texan hopes that’s not the only time he surprises someone at Chargers Park. He inherited the Texas pride in athletics that perhaps supersedes anything else in the state and would love to reach the pinnacle of the sport despite not being drafted.
He watched his cousins play as a boy and knew he wanted to follow.
“I told my mamma I wanna play football, too,” he said. “It’s been the love of my life for a while.
“I don’t think I could’ve been in a better place than Texas to play football. It was a great thing. It’s a big deal in Texas … football. I hear you, Cali and Florida, but Texas ball (is) where it’s at, man.”
Farr caught 24 passes for 210 yards during his college career, transferring out of the Hurricanes program to finish as a senior at Memphis. Considered by analysts as a developmental prospect unlikely to get drafted, Farr signed with San Diego in April.
An inch taller and four pounds lighter than Antonio Gates, he’s got an athletic frame, but he’ll have to continue to develop to prove his value on a roster that already includes Randy McMichael and Kris Wilson as established veterans and two more rookie tight ends.
“I love blocking, in-line blocking. That’s one of my strongest abilities,” Farr said. “I’ve got to continue becoming a threat in the passing game. I think focusing on that will help me a lot.”
Sought after as one of the best high school tight ends in the country out of North Shore High School in Houston, Farr grew accustomed to pressure after he chose the Hurricanes over LSU. It’s something he appreciates about the NFL culture.
“It’s a competition because it’s a lifestyle now. You’re not here to get your education,” Farr said. “Everybody’s done that part, so now it’s about trying to stay here. Here I’ve noticed the older guys are really intense about this thing because it’s a lifestyle.
“I’d love to be a part of this. I’m happy to have this opportunity. I don’t think there’s a better place to be for a tight end. This goes back years since before I was born when Kellen Winslow was here. It’s a great place, great history; just like the tradition we had in Miami.”