The Indianapolis Colts decided to get a pass-rusher in the first round of this year’s draft with Bjoern Werner. The talented defensive end out of Florida State, will now convert to an outside linebacker in the Colts’ 3-4 defensive scheme under Chuck Pagano. The story of how he got to this point, is interesting to say the least.
Werner made headlines this week when he talked about the influence of the Madden football games on his life, while growing up in Germany:
I knew every NFL star probably when I was 12, 13 or 14. I learned every team, every player in the game and I always created my little all-star games, all-star teams. I was just telling a few people when I was 12, 13, 14, I played with Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. They were like the dynamic duo for years. Now I’m going to play with Robert Mathis. He’s going to be my veteran. I can ask questions, I can look up to him. This is just so amazing and so unbelievable.
The games were how he learned about American football, and they ultimately played a role in getting him on the field.
Werner only played two non-consecutive seasons of high school football (07, 09) as an exchange student, before accepting an offer to play at FSU. Now after two years in Tallahassee, he’s heading north to Indianapolis. It’s just crazy to think that after only four years of American football, he made it all the way to the first round of the NFL Draft.
To make it to this point, while having a video game be a big influence, just makes it an even better story. Unlike most Americans that play video games, Werner actually got off the couch, and did something. You can definitely say, he’s living the dream.
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