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Undrafted East Texans still find way to NFL

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In the NFL there is no offseason.

"It is a business and not everyone will make it," said Atlanta Falcons receiver Marcus Jackson "You just try to get as much on film as possible so if you don't  stick on one team, someone else might seem the film and pick you up."

It's the life of an undrafted player in the league.

Many East Texans know it well.

Several that train together at APEC in Tyler all went undrafted.  

Yet they have all found an opportunity in the NFL.

"You have to work harder than everyone if you are not drafted," said Philadelphia Eagles running back Matthew Tucker. 

In his rookie NFL season, Gilmer native David Snow managed to move from the Buffalo Bill practice squad, to the starting lineup.

"Going undrafted, everything is against you," said Snow.  "They are always looking to replace you, that is the NFL, that is life. You just have to keep fighting every day."

Tyler native Josh Aubrey hopes to have the same success with the Cleveland Browns.

"It is an extra motivation to know that they slept on me, that they did not think I was good enough to draft me," said Aubrey.  "So it is just a little more motivation."

It's the same drive their fellow East Texans have. 

They won't waste a single minute of summer, to help themselves reach their NFL dream.

"You can't take any down time because your competition isn't," said Snow.

With training camp around the corner, there's no time to rest.

"It is the time right now to prepare for training camp and simulate as much as possible," said Jackson.  "So our bodies won't break down on us so we are able to compete at the highest levels."

They're hoping it means a full time job, on the games biggest stage.

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