Nothing has come easy for Chris Salvi. The former Notre Dame safety and special teams ace was a walk-on transfer from Butler during his Irish career, earning a scholarship for his senior year.
Now, nearly two weeks after the NFL draft, Salvi is playing himself into a chance to take his talents to the next level.
Salvi has been invited to Chicago Bears' rookie mini-camp, according to the Twitter feeds of him and his brother. (Will Salvi was also a Notre Dame walk-on this past season). Chris Salvi is now the 15th former Irish player to receive an NFL invite of some kind since the start of the April 25 draft.
It is surely a thrill for the Lake Forest, Ill., native, who just this past season was talking about how much the Irish's Shamrock Series game against Miami at Soldier Field meant to him.
Here's a recap who he'll be joining from South Bend, Ind., in their chase to play on Sundays:
Braxston Cave, C, Cleveland Browns (as undrafted free agent)
John Goodman, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (as undrafted free agent)
Robby Toma, WR, Baltimore Ravens (as undrafted free agent)
Ben Turk, P, Houston Texans (as undrafted free agent)
Chris Salvi, S, Chicago Bears (rookie minicamp invite)