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First Episode Of ‘Hey Rookie’ Chronicles Trace McSorley’s Preparation For NFL Combine

This year’s edition of “Hey Rookie: Welcome to the NFL” debuted Tuesday night, featuring some of the lesser-known parts of Trace McSorley’s journey to the NFL Draft.

The first episode began with some home video of McSorley as a young child playing football with his dad. As he shared on the show, the quarterback has said he was going to be a pro football player ever since the first time he put on a football jersey.

Things quickly transitioned to the common narrative of McSorley being an underdog throughout his football career and turning doubters into believers at the NFL Combine. The narrator acknowledged the fact that he rewrote Penn State’s record books and has the talent and drive to be a winning quarterback at the next level.

Viewers later got some insight into the specifics of the quarterback’s training regimen, which includes his “active recovery day.” During active recovery days, McSorley jumps in a pool and also does some high-knees and butt-kicks. It’s a pretty cool concept, but even Trace McSorley looks a little funny when he’s jumping around in a pool.

McSorley also talked about how much easier it was to focus solely on working out and training without having to worry about the responsibilities of a student athlete — including going to class and doing homework.

The Penn State legend put an increased emphasis on training for the 40-yard dash ahead of the NFL Scouting Combine. He was focused on showcasing his speed as a key part of his arsenal and demonstrating how he could use it to make an impact at the next level.

The show ended with its four featured athletes running the 40-yard dash at the Combine. As you might recall, McSorley posted an impressive 4.57-second 40 time, which was the best among participating quarterbacks.

Tuesday’s episode of “Hey Rookie” focused only on the preparation and process surrounding the NFL Combine. You can catch next episode at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 on ESPN2. The NFL Draft starts Thursday, April 25.

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Patrick Arnold

Patrick Arnold is a freshman studying broadcast journalism. He's oddly obsessed with comedy, music, and high school recruiting, and can usually be found watching sports or miscellaneous things youtube. Feel free to contact Patrick on Twitter: @parnold10, or via Email: [email protected]


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