Football is hard, but door-to-door sales is harder, Tay Glover-Wright found out.
The defensive back out of Utah State bounced around the NFL for a couple of years, going from the Atlanta Falcons to the Green Bay Packers to the Indianapolis Colts in the span of about 17 months, until one day the bouncing stopped. He was released by the Colts in September of last season, and no calls followed offering employment. Reality set and he needed find a new way to support himself. So he went back to his home state of Georgia and took a job selling cable and DirecTV.
"I was in the top percentage in the office in sales. I'm proud of that. I think that was the competitiveness in me," he said with a smile following Monday's practice. "I was just walking around neighborhoods and there would be times when I would be out there five, six hours and only get like one sale, maybe two sales, and I'm like, 'This ain't for me.' So I gave Coach Andersen a call."
That's Oregon State coach Gary Andersen, who previously held the same title at Utah State. Glover-Wright had a workout with the Eagles in December but it did not result in an offer, so he packed up everything and moved to Oregon in January, accepting Andersen's offer to be a graduate assistant.
The Beavers were about to start camp a little over a week ago when the Eagles asked Glover-Wright to join their camp instead. Turns out, that workout in December paid off.
"I got the call and I was like, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. My window is still open so I'm going to take that," he said.
Consumed with his graduate assistant role, Glover-Wright was unable to work out like he is accustomed. He is still "raw" as a result and has spent his first week with the Eagles trying to get back into football shape while hurrying to learn the playbook. He could have a chance to showcase himself on Thursday as the Eagles open preseason play in Green Bay.
Near the bottom of a 90-man roster, Glover-Wright understands that his stint in Philadelphia could be short-lived. Should he get cut, his GA job won't necessarily be waiting for him.
"I'm sure I'd have to work my way back up because I don't know how the head man felt about me leaving so abruptly," he said.
But he'll make a good wage while with the Eagles (veterans get paid around $1,800 a week in training camp) and, more importantly, he gets the chance to chase the dream for at least a little while longer.
"This GA and coaching career and getting my master's degree [in business], that's going to be there," he said, "but this window only stays open for so long so I'm going to take that opportunity."