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McCoy Heaps Praise on Underdog Lineman
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No one path to the NFL is the same and for Michael Huey, his road is one of the most unconventional ones on the Bolts’ roster.
Huey has spent time working at multiple offensive line positions since signing with the Chargers in March. Following Wednesday’s training camp practice, his head coach singled him out for his hard work.
Huey took McCoy’s comments to heart saying he will make the most of his opportunity with the Chargers.
“It felt good,” Huey said. “I’m obviously very excited they’re giving me this shot and opportunity so I’m going to take every day and do the best I can. It feels great to be out there running with the ones, twos and threes and all the guys.”
After his college tenure at Texas, Huey went undrafted in 2011 but signed with the Seattle Seahawks in July of that year. After being released in August, he began his first stint with the Chargers that lasted less than a month.
So how does it feel coming back to the team that cut you just a few years ago? To Huey, it’s motivation.
“It’s a new coaching staff now and I’m very thankful for them to give me the opportunity to come back. Hopefully I can show them I’ve grown and developed into the player that they want me to be.”
After his time with the Chargers ended in 2011, Huey spent three seasons in the Arena Football League playing with the Arizona Rattlers earning three straight championships and three All-Arena League titles.
“I think it was a good stepping stone. I played with one of the best teams and won the Arena Bowl three years in a row when I played. We did an amazing job.”
Although it’s seemingly a-typical to go from the NFL to AFL, Huey saw this period in his life as a means of improving his football skillset. While things move quicker in arena football, he credits his coaching staff and overall AFL experience for helping him grow personally and professionally.
When bouncing around from teams and leagues, it can be easy to get discouraged; however, his trials and tribulations have helped mold him into who he is today.
“It’s shaped me in a lot of ways. I’ve learned not to do the same mistakes I made as a youngin’ and now I’m married so it’s a driving force behind me to really stick it out and not fail.”
Now a member of Offensive Line Coach Joe D’Alessandris’ squad, Huey has been taking reps at center but said he enjoys switching back to guard where he can show off his versatility. But regardless of the position, it’s the rare second chance with the Chargers that means the most to him.
“It’s important, that the more you can do, the better. It shows your worth, it shows your value and whenever they ask me to do a task I’ll do it with a smile on my face and 100 miles an hour. This is my new home so I want to help this team out, be a part of this team and help them build towards a championship.”