Small school rookie excited by the little things in the NFL

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After signing with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent, Tim Jenkins from Fort Lewis College is excited about the little things in the NFL (Credit: Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald)

After signing with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent, Tim Jenkins from Fort Lewis College is excited about the little things in the NFL (Credit: Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald)

Rookie quarterback Tim Jenkins spent his collegiate career at Division II Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. The college boasts an undergraduate population of just 3,864 students. After not being drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, Jenkins signed as an undrafted free agent with the Saint Louis Rams.

So, what is the best thing about being a part of an NFL team?

According to Jenkins, it is the little things that truly count in the NFL.

There’s Gatorades in every room, and if you need new cleats, you get new cleats,” Jenkins told the Durango Herald. “I think I’m a lot more thankful for it coming from a smaller school.”

Although Jenkins is excited about the new cleats and Gatorade, he knows he will have to work hard if he wants to make the team.

“Now being the fourth quarterback, you’ve got to do as much as you can with the time you have,” he said. “It’s great when you do get a rep, get a rep in the National Football League. . . . This is my goal since I’ve been a little kid. . . . So you feel like you’re going to feel all different, but I still feel like the Tim who stepped on the field freshman year at Fort Lewis.”

“I’m trying to be a sponge and soak up as much information as I can from those guys,” he said. “Because the system is going to be way different (than in college).”

If Jenkins can make the team, he can have all of the cleats and Gatorade he can handle.

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