MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–When Shelton Gibson went to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month, some incidents went unexpected for the former West Virginia University standout. He posted a 4.5 clocking in the 40-yard dash, which was shocking considering he was one of the fastest wide receivers to ever wear the old gold and blue.
“A lot of teams were telling me they were glad I posted a 4.5,” Gibson said. And I was like ‘why?’ And they were like if anyone thinks you run a 4.5 they’re crazy. We’ll get you.”
Despite running a 4.5, the Cleveland, Ohio native was believed to have run a much faster time. However, he didn’t let that deter him from chasing his aspirations.
“If everybody came up to me and said I ran 4.5, I could of let that got to me and I could of had a bad Combine but I still went out there and competed at a high level right after the 40,” he said. “That was the biggest thing.”
After all, Gibson is flat out fast.
“When that ball in the air, their is nobody faster than me on the field,” he said. “That’s just how I look at it, I am fast with pads on.”
On the Mountaineers’ Pro Day, the 5-foot-11, 191-pound wide out was able to redeem himself with a 4.39 40-yard dash.
“I just feel like I came out here and competed at a high level which I wanted to do and just really wanted my 40 better,” Gibson said. “I feel like I did.”
Now, he is ready to move on and illustrate to the NFL that he is their man. While Gibson is a nimble threat down the field, he isn’t one-dimensional.
Even though, Gibson chose to leave WVU after his junior year, he won’t be thwarted if he isn’t a top pick in the NFL Draft.
“I understand that I’m coming out and it was a big thing and everything like that but I feel like I can go up there and do what I can if I put my mind to it,” he said. “That’s how I look at it. I don’t care about projections. I don’t care what round I go in. Once you get up there that’s what you will be, what you show in practice.”
For Gibson, the decision to leave came shortly after the Russell Athletic Bowl following a meeting with the coaching staff. It wasn’t about money but chasing a dream.
“Honestly it’s just a blessing. If I go free agency, what’s the biggest thing, the money I don’t care about the money,” he said. “It’s still a dream. A lot of people do it for the money. I don’t care. I can sit here and tell you that and you can believe me or can’t but this is what I want to do. I started football in ninth grade and ever since then I’ve been loving it. Coming out here every day and competing is the biggest thing I do.”
While he will miss his teammates and playing for the Mountaineers, Gibson is ready to move forward.
“Of course I miss it every time I come up here and I see them practicing and I know I could have been on the team but my ultimate dream is to play in the NFL so that’s where I want to be,” he said.
Cover Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS