Each week, former Madison La Follette and University of Wisconsin long-snapper Kyle Wojta will share his thoughts as he auditions for a shot at the NFL, likely as an undrafted free agent.
Let me start this week’s journal by stating that I definitely intended to write a journal last week, but got distracted and completely forgot. I have a good excuse: I was busy finalizing wedding plans with my wonderful fiancée, Allison. She and I will be tying the knot mere hours after this journal entry is posted, so wish us luck!
Allison and I are high school sweethearts and have been together for six and a half years. Throughout that time, her love, support, and motivation helped guide me to the success that I have been able to achieve, and she continues to guide me every day. I know it sounds cliché, but our personalities truly complement one another and her love makes me want to be a better man. I was going to write a tribute to her in an earlier article but I thought I would hold off until the big day actually arrived.
So, here's my special message to Allison on our wedding day: "I love you and am excited to spend the rest of my life with you!"
Now for all you football fans reading this journal, I will spend the rest of the journal discussing my experiences with the Senior Bowl. The Senior Bowl is the most elite college all-star game, wherein the best senior draft prospects are invited to practice and play in front of scouts, general managers, and coaches of all 32 NFL teams. The Senior Bowl only invites two long-snappers from the entire country so I was very blessed to be selected for the event.
At first, the Senior Bowl seemed very hectic and was a little nerve-wracking -- mostly because you had to leave your room about 45 minutes to an hour early to get to an event that was scheduled, because whenever you walked through the hotel lobby you would always be pulled aside by a representative from a team that wanted to interview you or get to know you. But after a few days I began to get used to the pace of things and it became a rather normal routine. I was also very lucky to have my punter, Brad Nortman, with me. He is a great friend and he always helped to keep the mood light, which is perfect in that type of situation. It was also nice having Brad there because we have developed great chemistry and timing with our punting and kicking operations and it definitely helped to have a comfort level with the person catching my snaps.
The Senior Bowl experience was awesome for a variety of reasons, but I think the things that I liked the best were the large amount of talent that was present at the event, and the iconic coaches and NFL personnel that we saw and met. We had the opportunity to talk to Packers general manager Ted Thompson, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, Rob and Rex Ryan, among others. It was awesome to meet these iconic NFL figures who felt unapproachable at one point. Overall, the Senior Bowl was a great week for me personally and was a great week for the other Badgers players who were there as well. We all had really great weeks of practice and also performed well during the game. I was truly blessed to be recognized by the Senior Bowl as one of the nation's elite snappers and it was an experience that I will never forget.
Until next week ...