Unemployed CB Troy Beckett holding sign outside Eagles facility asking for tryout
Troy Beckett, an unemployed cornerback, has set up shop outside the Philadelphia Eagles’ NovaCare Complex in the hopes the team will offer him a chance to realize his NFL dream.
Beckett, who played college football at Bemidji State in Minnesota but hails from Willingboro, N.J., was spotted standing outside the Eagles facility holding a sign that pleads his case for a tryout.
“Not homeless but starving for a shot !!! #Trulyblessed & Never Stressed … Will Run Defensive Back Drills For Food #UnderDog … Time To Be Great.”
NJ native Troy Beckett, who played DB at Bemidji State, is standing outside the NovaCare Complex hoping for a tryout pic.twitter.com/xWtENc9ZPe
— Josh Paunil (@JoshPaunil) August 29, 2016
Beckett was out of football last year, but says he has taken part in several tryouts with Arena Football League teams. He last played in 2014 for the Bemidji State Beavers, where he recorded 56 tackles with one interception and eight pass breakups.
But on Monday, he had his sights set on a tryout with the Eagles.
“It’s Monday, it’s a beautiful day,” Beckett said, via NJ.com’s Matt Lombardo. “I’ve been putting this off for a little bit, but I had a good talk with one of my friends just last week and he wanted to know why I haven’t gotten a shot at this level yet. I was like ‘I’ve been kind of lackadaisical, but no more excuses, I’m out here.”
Beckett, who currently loads trucks for a living, says his plan was to stand outside the Eagles’ complex on Monday “until the parking lot is empty.” He added he plans to return until the Eagles take notice and offer his a tryout.
Beckett isn’t the first out-of-work football player to go this route in a bid to land with an NFL team. Wide receiver Joe Anderson did the exact same thing in 2015 outside the New York Jets facility. The message on Anderson’s sign was eerily similar in tone to Beckett’s, reading, “Not homeless … but STARVING for success!”
In Anderson’s case, the Jets actually signed him to the practice squad in December, although he was released by the team in May 2016. It remains to be seen how Beckett’s unconventional gambit plays out for him.