If nothing else, Erik Swoope has the name of a college basketball player-turned-pro football hopeful. After starting 27 of 110 games with the Miami Hurricanes hoops team, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound forward signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent following the 2014 NFL Draft. Now comes the question: Can he be the next Antonio Gates or Jimmy Graham?
Ironically, Graham also played college basketball at The U before turning pro as a football player. However, Graham played on the gridiron before signing with the New Orleans Saints; Swoope has never played organized football at any level until now.
Swoope averaged 5.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and .05 assists in his senior season with the Hurricanes, which won’t result in any interest from NBA teams. However, his size and athleticism intrigued the Colts enough to give him a shot at creating a new career and dream for himself on the gridiron.
Now before anyone jumps to conclusions, Swoope was one of 19 undrafted free agents the Colts signed over the weekend, so he’s not guaranteed anything, especially a roster spot. He’s going to have to work very hard and learn a lot in the next few months in order to have any hope at crating a career for himself in the NFL.
Having said that, he certainly has some great inspiration in Gates and Graham to drive him to become the next tight end to dunk the ball over the goal post, assuming he doesn’t mind the fine/penalty.