Former USF star Greg Reaves waits for the call to start NFL season

Posted at 4:15 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 17:28:18-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- Former USF linebacker Greg Reaves knew that making it to the NFL was a longshot.

"I remember sitting in the USF meeting room," he said. "We had a guy come talk to us. He said 'Look around. There’s only one or two of you guys that will ever play in the National Football League.'"

Greg always knew he'd be one of the two.

"I would always say to myself 'I don’t know who the other guy is,'" he said.

He signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Rams shortly after the draft.

Reaves, a Manatee High School grad, never lacked confidence, but he knew he had to put in the work if he wanted to earn a chance in the NFL.

"Every ounce of blood, sweat and tears. Every 6 a.m. workout. This is what it was all for," Reaves said. "I know it’s not finished. I know I still got a long way to go. I've got a lot of big goals and aspirations."

The former Bull said he can't wait to play alongside guys like two-time defensive player of the year Aaron Donald.

"Honestly, just going to be like a sponge. Soak up anything and everything that I can. I know it’s not only going to make me a better player, but a better man," he said.