Monday, September 25, 2017

WVU’s KJ Myers driven after NFL regional combine invite

KJ Myers (19) posing with the Cactus Bowl Trophy in Phoenix after the 2016 Cactus Bowl. (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

KJ Myers (19) posing with the Cactus Bowl Trophy in Phoenix after the 2016 Cactus Bowl.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Many football players dream of playing in the National Football League, but it is a dream that only some will ever experience.

West Virginia University’s KJ Myers is no different than many of those, except he has an oppurtunity at making his dreams come true.

The redshirt senior wide receiver received an invite to the regional combine in New Orleans at the Saints practice facility.

The regional combines are open to position collegiate players that are eligible for the draft. The NFL launched the NFL Regional/Super Regional Combines program in 2012 to serve as a supplement to the League’s National Scouting Combine. They are designed to provide an opportunity for participants to display their pro potential.

For Myers he has two chances to show NFL scouts just what he is made of.

“This one is in new Orleans on March 13th,” he said. “I have this one and I have pro day which is here at West Virginia University.”

The Jacksonville, Fla. native came to WVU in 2011 as a Scout.com Top 150 wide receiver. During his time in Morgantown, Myers played in 33 games, but never earned a chance to be an everyday starter.

During the 2014 season, he had four catches for a total of 15 yards. In 2013, Myers finished with 11 catches for 111 yards with a long reception of 22 yards.

WVU seniors carried the state flag before every game during the 2015 season. (Photo Credit: Kelsie, VanderWijst, BGS)

WVU seniors carried the state flag before every game during the 2015 season.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie, VanderWijst, BGS)

So the invite to the regional combine came as quite a shock to Myers.

“I was amazed,” he said. “Honestly, I was in shock. It still hasn’t hit me yet honestly. I got to call my mom. I was calling my dad, my immediate family and told them the good news.”

Myers never imagined being invited to a combine. He thought his only shot at impressing NFL scouts would be at WVU’s Pro Day.

“I was just totally shocked,” he said. “My plan was just having the Pro Day, That’s it. That’s up here (Morgantown). That is for all the football players that graduated. So this additional combine makes my chance even more better.”

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound wide out has been working hard since the season ended in hopes of getting a shot in the NFL.

“I have been training with the strength staff for the West Virginia Mountaineers football team,” Myers said.

He believes that his size and hands are strengths NFL teams may like. Myers knows he has things to improve as well like “getting my 40 time down and the bench.”

While all of this has been quite a surprise to Myers he is going into it with the right frame of mind.

“It’s one shot, all or nothing. Lack of worries,” he said.

If Myers gets drafted, one thing is for certain he would give that team his all.

“It would mean everything,” he said. “Just to be blessed with the opportunity, someone taking a chance on me. That would be a blessing. I would take full advantage of it.”

KJ Myers (19) had four catches for 15 yards during the 2015 season. (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

KJ Myers (19) had four catches for 15 yards during the 2014 season.
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

While at WVU, Myers became best known for his low life culture, which is the lifestyle he started in 2013. Low Life is a combination of acronyms- Lack of Worries, Living in Fearless Effort.

The low life culture is signified by a red balloon, which symbolizes “letting your worries, fears, discouragements, tears, negativity and anything else that is weighing you down from elevating in life and just letting it go.”

The low life culture was embraced in the Mountaineers’ locker room and across the country. Low life is a way of not letting problems stand in ones way and not letting fear control one destiny.

This lifestyle brought Myers out of a dark place once, and now it’s helping him as he shoots for his dreams.

“It’s really just not being worried and knowing that God had a path for me,” he said. “I just got rely on the work in my life and I have to take everyday that I am blessed to see. And lack of worries is really helping me through this process because I don’t have time to worry. I have came too far to be worrying now or to worry myself and then the other part of low life. Have no fear. Just go do it.”

KJ Myers (19) played in all 12 games his redshirt junior season at WVU  (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

KJ Myers (19) played in all 12 games his redshirt junior season at WVU
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

Myers believes his time at WVU has really prepared him for a future in football.

“I think it has prepared me great because I went up against a lot of defensive players that really prepared me for the next level,” he said. “Because some of them are on the next level or have the talent of the next level. Mainly the practices.”

While Myers may not have been the big name star on the field that Mountaineer fans are accustomed to hearing in the same sentence as the combines, he has the heart of a champion.

“Dream big and prepare for reality and never limit your success,” he said.

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