Monday, January 13, 2014
Good Luck Weston!
As you most likely know by now, the voice of the Riders--Rod Pedersen broke the story about Weston Dressler heading to the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs for a tryout. I don't know how that tryout will end up, but sorry Rider fans, I hope it ends up with me watching a Chiefs game on a Sunday afternoon and hear Jim Nantz describe Alex Smith dropping back and firing a touchdown to the little guy from the University of North Dakota--Weston Dressler.
I remember sitting in the Southland Mall foodcourt having just finished having coffee with someone when a gentleman walked up to me and asked me if CJME was a radio station in town since I was still working for them.and I was wearing a jacket with the call letters on it.
I told them I was and he introduced himself as an uncle of a kid who played for North Dakota who had just finished signing a contract with the Riders. I asked him what his name was and the oldtimer said "Weston Dressler and I guarantee you he will make your team and you guys will love him.".
A good friend of mine works in the sports information office for UND so I e-mailed him and asked him what he could tell me about Weston Dressler. Being a Riders fan, he couldn't contain his excitement knowing his favourite football team had just signed a "stud". In fact, my friend Jayson Hajdu told me the only reason this guy wasn't going to the NFL was because of his size. I got on the phone and asked the Riders if they could confirm his signing, but they wouldn't tell me anything until rookie camp came around.
I went on Remenda's sports show and I spoke on Dave Arnold's morning show as rookie camp approached about Weston Dressler being the guy I wanted to watch. After that first day of rookie camp, I asked then head coach Ken Miller what he thought of Weston Dressler and Miller just looked at me and said there's a long ways to go before the regular season roster would be unveiled, but he would be surprised if Weston Dressler wasn't on it because he was that good on his first day. Its been nothing but positives for Dressler since then. The only negative he has had in his career here was an ankle injury suffered that kept him out of the heartbreaking 2009 Grey Cup.
Will I be rooting for Dressler to make the Chiefs? YUP! Do I think he can make it in the NFL? Absolutely! When I see guys like Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Danny Woodhead and Cole Beasley doing their thing south of the border I know Weston can make it in the NFL even if he is getting close to 30 years of age. If he impresses Andy Reid and the Chiefs the way he did Ken Miller six years ago, he will be trading his green and white for the red and yellow of the Chiefs and I think you'll agree he is a lot better now than he was six years ago.
If he does come back to Riderville, he will be welcomed back with open arms by a fanbase who has fallen in love with number 7 and the way he plays---hell Snoop dogg wore his jersey that's how popular he is, but if he doesn't, the Rider Nation can look at Dressler and be filled with pride because we saw him grow into the player he is today. I could sit here and talk about his off the field accomplishments and his community work as well, but this post would go on and on and on. He arguably might be one of the most popular players to ever wear the green. He's a shoo-in for the plaza!
Good luck Weston! Riderville won't be the same without you, but the Kansas City Chiefs will have gotten a helluva lot better and I'm guessing there will be a few people who might just go out and buy one of their jerseys. Don't be a stranger!
Speaking of jerseys, if you leave I guess I have to get Mrs. Scruffy a new jersey because like many others. her jersey has "7" on the back!