Kyle Sebetic leaves for East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, heading for training with the New York Giants.
It’s a long way from the Pioneer Football League, where Sebetic was an all-conference performer as a 6-foot, 165-pound cornerback for the Dayton Flyers, to the NFL. Even after getting an invitation to camp when he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Giants in June, Sebetic has a long road to travel to make the roster or the practice squad.
But he’s one of 90 players in the Giants camp with a shot. At this point, that’s all that matters.
“I’m the underdog,” Sebetic said Wednesday. “I’m a free agent. I’m confident in my abilities, my skill set. It’s a great opportunity that not many people get. I’m beyond thankful for it. I’m ready.”
Sebetic, a native of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., grew up a Packers fan. He started for four years at UD after redshirting in 2009. Last season, he started 11 games and recorded 63 tackles.
The Giants first scouted Sebetic, he said, at a game against Marist at Welcome Stadium last September. He had five tackles and broke up a pass in that game. The scout was also on hand to watch a Marist player.
That led to Sebetic earning an invitation to a pro day at the University of Toledo in March.
“My numbers were all really good,” Sebetic said. “They were impressed with my 40, the jumping, the agility, the three-cone drill.”
Sebetic attended the Giants’ OTAs (organized team activity) in June and mini-camp June 17-19, playing cornerback and safety. He met veterans like quarterback Eli Manning and safety Antrelle Rolle. He learned how complicated an NFL playbook is and how intense head coach Tom Coughlin can be.
“It was good. It was a lot to take in,” he said. “I was there about 2½ or three weeks behind the other rookies. I had a lot of catching up to do. I got adjusted as quick as I could. l got thrown into the mix.”
Sebetic and the Giants report to training camp Monday.
“It is nerve-wracking, but I have nothing to lose,” Sebetic said. “I’m going to be relaxed.”
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