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Draft day dreams

By Coleman Swierc

KILGORE, TEXAS (KLTV) - It wasn't that long ago, that Michael Huey, was a little boy, with big time dreams

"Since I was about 6 years old, I said I wanted to play pro football."

That little boy, has grown up.

The Kilgore native played in every game of his career at Texas, until one play against Baylor.

"I was about to turn up to my linebacker, and the next thing I know, a 350 pound defensive lineman fell on my knee and I fall on the ground and I hear a pop." said Huey, "That was the end of my career at Texas."

"I was crying, and he said 'mom, don't cry, if you are going to play college football you are going to get hurt.'" said Michael's mother Susie, "The next thing he said to me, he said 'God is just testing my faith, I will be ok.' I thought it was the end."

Turns out, it was just the beginning.

"I want them to test me, I want to show that my leg is as strong as ever."

Months of rehab, has led Huey, to the brink, of being drafted into the NFL.

"It is probably similar to the feeling the day I had when I signed with Texas." said Huey, "It is a feeling that you accomplished your goal."

Even with the future of the NFL in jeopardy, due to the lockout, Huey's eyes, remain on the prize.

"Right now, it just seems like it is a business, and in the business world you are going to have complications, as far as I am concerned," said Huey, "I just want to go out there and play football."

And on draft day, the dreams of a little boy, will come true.

"It is actually a relief, I do not have to take another test again or anything like that," joked Huey, "When it does happen, it is just going to be another stepping stone, and another step in the right direction."

Huey and fellow East Texans Eddie Jones and Curtis Brown will showcase their skills at the University of Texas pro day on March 28th.

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