Eyes fixated on the TV. Family and friends all huddled around in silence waiting to hear whose name would be called. The moment represents Years of blood, sweat, and tears poured out on the field. Every dream and goal was all built up to this moment. Tony Bouie watches the 1995 NFL Draft, waiting for his name to be called with anxious anticipation.
He wore the high school all-state badge proudly. He carried the acclaim of playing alongside one of the greatest college defenses in history. He even excelled academically. With everything an athlete needs to prove his worth, his fate was resting in the hands of the coaches on the other side of the screen.
Day 1 of the draft—nothing.
Day 2—still nothing.
The final day of the NFL draft came and went, and the name “Tony Bouie” was not called.
While heartbreak, confusion, and embarrassment washed over Tony, his spirit was not put out yet. His story didn’t end with a setback. His name was eventually stitched into the back of a Tampa Bay Buccaneer jersey and was worn for 57 season games. What did Tony Bouie possess that gave him the ability to eventually become a professional football player, an inventor, and a cancer survivor? Listen to the Tony Bouie story to find out.