Former Packer remembers draft day

CREATED Apr 18, 2013

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GREEN BAY - The longest week of their football lives. That's what right now until the upcoming NFL draft will be for those hoping to hear their name called. Hard to believe that it's been 19 years since that dream came true for one of the most unlikely draftees in Packers history.

 
Packers fans remember the Bill Schroeder who caught over 200 passes for over 3,500 yards during his NFL career. What they might not remember about this Sheboygan native is that he only played one year of college football at UW-LaCrosse. 
 
"I wanted to run track. Go to the Olympics. That was my big goal in life," said Schroeder.
 
Forget about a small school guy being invited to the combine in those days. His pre-draft workout consisted of a couple of scouts showing up in LaCrosse with stop watches who, after recording his 4.2, 40 yard dash time, started whispering that he just might get a call.
 
"Draft day, we were sitting there in my apartment with my roommates and my girlfriend who became my wife, and thinking 'could this really be real? Can a D-3 athlete really get drafted?' I actually got drafted. This little kid out of Sheboygan, Wisconsin," said Schroeder.
 
His advice for other long shots who get that call?
 
"You have to have something to fall back on," he said. "You're going to get one shot. Impress in one way or another." Then he added,  "Soak it all in. Enjoy every minute you get. You never know when it's going to stop."
 
Who knows maybe another local athlete will pick up the phone and say, "Hi mom, it's Bill. I've got some good news. I've been drafted by the Packers."
 
The only difference, it probably won't be on a rotary phone."