Former Trojan QB gets chance to play in NFL
John Laub watched the final day of the NFL Draft surrounded by family members for over eight hours, waiting for that one phone call that would change his life.
While being in constant communication with his agent at Pro Star Sports Agency, that call came about 30-45 minutes after the draft's conclusion. The Detroit Lions were interested in bringing in Laub, a former Richmond Spider quarterback, for their three-day rookie minicamp and giving him a chance to compete for a roster spot.
It was certainly a long, nerve-wracking day for Laub, but a phone call from his agent following the draft summed up the night in a gratifying way.
"I was watching it from about noon until when I got the call at 8:30," said Laub. "Someone in my position wants to come out of that Saturday with an opportunity. So it was a little bit nerve wracking, but I'm just thankful that it ended up working out in my favor.
"I'm definitely appreciative of the opportunity in itself. That's what you train those three or four months for leading up to all your pro days and combines to come out of draft weekend with an opportunity to make a team."
In hopes of achieving his goal of playing in the NFL one day, Laub will begin to showcase his skills in Detroit for that minicamp that begins on Friday (May 10) and ends Sunday (May 12). The road ahead will certainly be a competitive one, but Laub is ready to show everyone what he's got.
Laub spent over four months outside the Washington D.C. area in the offseason working at a training company called Sport and Speed Institute. It helped prepare him for this next level.
"I was staying with one of my friends from Richmond," said Laub. "I was staying with him and his family and training down there the whole four and a half months. It was definitely a long process, but I'm glad it worked out."
Despite a season-ending ankle injury that limited Laub to just seven games, he believes his final campaign as a Spider was enough to earn him an opportunity with a team.
In his final season, Laub completed 143 of 237 passes for 1,722 yards and nine touchdowns. He added six rushing touchdowns and accumulated 391 yards on the ground.
"I thought at the beginning of last season that if I had a good season and proved to some people what I could do, then I would have that opportunity," said Laub. "Even though I got hurt in the seventh game, I felt like I had done enough, and that through the rehab I could come back and show that same type of stuff I was showing up until the point where I got hurt and hopefully it would catch someone's eye."
Laub said that the ankle is back to 100 percent.
During his time at Richmond, Laub has been through an enormous amount of hurdles. He's had four head coaches and three offensive coordinators during his time as a Spider. He also had to compete with two Division-I transfers for the quarterback position in a number of instances. Still, like Laub has overcome adversity throughout his collegiate career, he'll compete his hardest in trying to make the Lions roster this season.
"There's not that many people that can say they've dealt with that many obstacles throughout their college careers," said Laub. "One thing it helped me do was deal with adversity, and become a better competitor and better leader."