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Pat Eger Gets Workout Opportunities with NFL

MORGANTOWN - Pat Eger is not one to miss out on an opportunity.

The former West Virginia University offensive lineman scheduled a workout with the New York Giants for Wednesday, a chance to prove himself at the NFL level. He drove to the Pittsburgh airport Tuesday evening, full of anticipation of what awaited him the following morning.

Then his flight was canceled

Suddenly every other flight delay and cancellation doesn’t seem so bad.

Eger got on his phone and dialed his brother, Chris, who just so happens to have his pilot’s license and his own small plane. Chris got everything cleared to fly to the Pittsburgh airport, pick up his brother and take him to New York for his workout.

Anything goes when an NFL opportunity is on the line.

“I’m just so grateful for the work that my agent has put in and the family support I’ve gotten to have an opportunity like this, to take full advantage of this opportunity to showcase my talent and show the Giants organization what I can do,” Eger said.

The 6-foot-6, 296-pound offensive lineman says watching the NFL Draft and trying to sign on as an undrafted free agent has been a humbling experience, but one he was prepared for. He spoke with former WVU teammates Don Barclay and Jeff Braun throughout the days leading up to last week’s selection process and felt ready to push to promote himself however he could.

“They gave me some words of advice about how the process is going to go and if something doesn’t happen, just keep positive focus and something good will come of it, you’ll get a shot somewhere,” Eger said. “That’s where we’re at now. I’ve got a couple of shots and opportunities that I have to make the most of to make the team and get a contract.”

A couple of shots refers to the fact that if the Giants don’t sign Eger after Wednesday’s workout, he has another workout scheduled with the Baltimore Ravens this weekend. If that doesn’t result in a signing, he’s off to the Miami Dolphins’ mini camp the following weekend.

There’s the possibility that he will have one chance after another until he can land somewhere, but Eger is hoping that the search ends with New York.

“When I got a phone call saying we want you to come and try out and have an opportunity to make the squad, it was almost a sigh of relief that all of this hard work is starting to pay off,” Eger said.

After WVU’s Pro Day, Eger spoke with the media about his belief that by playing center, guard and tackle with the Mountaineers, he had created a highlight reel that could show NFL teams the versatility he offered.

Now he intends to show it up close and in person.

“I have to prove to them that I am good enough and my skill set is what they need for their organization to be successful and win games,” Eger said.

A canceled flight couldn’t stop that. 

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