Following the NFL Draft, the players who were not selected still have a chance to achieve their goal of playing in the NFL by signing on to a team as an undrafted free agent. One of the players that received an undrafted free agent deal from the Patriots is former Michigan State guard Chris McDonald.
The first person to call McDonald to congratulate him on his opportunity was new teammate Nick McDonald, who has been with the Patriots for the past two seasons, and also happens to be Chris’ brother.
An even more interesting twist to this reunion of brothers is that Chris and Nick were separated as teenagers when they were adopted by two different families.
“My brother is [an inspiration],” Chris said, via ESPNBoston.com. “But it’s on me. My brother being in the NFL is not going to help me stay in the NFL and I have to do whatever it takes for myself.”
Chris will have to work his tail off if he wants to beat out the other 19 undrafted free agents who signed with New England and make the roster. Luckily for him, he has the guidance of his brother along the way.
This is a great and touching story that likely won’t get the publicity it should.
It’s always nice to see family being reunited and this story is especially touching because of the fact that the two brothers were separated during their childhood.