Three Cowboys get an NFL tryout

By Tom Annino - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Will one of these three players be the next McNeese Cowboy to make it to the National Football League?

Former Cowboys running back Toddrick Pendland, tight end Wes Mangan, and offensive lineman Casey Richter have all been invited to NFL rookie camps.

If they impress their respective teams, they could get a roster spot.

Pendland will try out with the Cleveland Browns.  Richter will get a shot with the St. Louis Rams.  Wes Mangan will try to make the Minnesota Vikings roster.  Mangan also might get a look from the Oakland Raiders as well.

"I'm excited about it," Pendland said.  "I feel good going into it.  Hopefully, things work out and I'll get a contract."

Pendland says one of Cleveland's scouts is happy to give him a shot.

"He was excited about me," Pendland said.  "He said he thinks I'll surprise a couple of people when I get out there and hopefully, they'll take me at speed back."

"I was actually sitting in church when I got the phone call with my family," Mangan said.  "The whole family started crying.  It's just a shot but it's what I've been waiting for the whole time."

"It feels great to be able to get a chance," Richter said.  "Thousands, millions of kids maybe even play high school ball and aspire to get a shot at the NFL and be one of the one percent that actually gets a chance is a great feeling.  Hopefully, I can go out and earn my spot on the team and represent McNeese well."

As for what they would do in order to get that coveted roster spot, these guys say they are willing to do almost anything.

"I'll try deep snapper, I'll throw towels, I want to do it all," Pendland said.  "I'm telling you, if they don't like my skills, they're going to like my personality.  I'm going to come out and try to have a little fun."

"I'll do anything," Mangan said.  "I told Coach Viator, if they let me in, I'll go hold the tackling dummy.  They can tackle me a hundred times a day.  I'll get on there, whatever way I can."

So what happens if Mangan gets cut by the Vikings?  He says he won't leave empty handed.

"I said this, I said if they cut me, I'm going in and I'm getting Brett Favre's autograph no matter what happens.  I will have his autograph whether I'm playing there or not," Mangan said.

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