The New Year can bring lots of new opportunities for Mike Hermann. The RPI senior is a do-it-all quarterback and his career in Troy is now over. As YNN's Marisa Jacques tell us, don't count out hearing his name in the future.
TROY, N.Y. -- RPI senior Mike Hermann caught the eye of some pretty big programs coming out of Avon Prep. However, none guaranteed him a starting job or gave him money, so Hermann decided to forego his dream of playing Division I football to come to RPI.
"People thought and said you're crazy for not going D-I. They don't understand the whole concept and the whole situation. I simply tell them, I had a great opportunity to go to a tremendous school. Ivy League quality academically. They give me the opportunity to start." said Hermann.
That opportunity came almost immediately during his freshman season.
"I came in the second quarter of the Endicott game, very first game here at ECAV (East Campus Athletic Village). I went 17 plays 98 yards and ever since then I haven't looked back. It's been an overwhelming experience, it's been awesome," said Hermann.
Hermann gave up the dream to play Division I and with that he thought another dream had died, playing professional football.
"I never thought the NFL would be where it is right now in my life. You don't let that affect you. You let your performance dictate what happens afterwards. Like I said, I'm very fortunate," said Hermann.
Of the 100,000 high school seniors who play football, only 215 will ever get their chance in the NFL. Every once in a while you see a Division III player make it in the NFL like Pierre Garcon who played at Mount Union. Herman may be the next to get his chance.
"Final week of spring ball last season, two scouts came in to evaluate me. They had me run for them, took my height and weight and ever since then they've been coming in steadily," said Hermann.
Scouts from all but four NFL teams made their way to the Troy campus. Some see Hermann as a tight end at the next level, others like him as a quarterback. Hermann said he'll do anything for just a chance.
"I'd hold the playbook for the starting quarterback, anything. I'd love just the opportunity to put on a jersey," said Hermann.
Hermann is working out, getting stronger and faster and waiting to see what happens in the draft and after it. He says he has no regrets about choosing Division-III RPI over a big name D-I program.
"A weight lifted off your shoulders. You know that everything that you've worked for has come to this point. It's finally happening and it's, like I said, overwhelming. It's an emotional experience, it really is. I've worked my entire life, this is what I've always wanted. My path didn't go the way I hoped it would. I was hoping D-I someday, but you know, I'm here and I'm loving every moment of it and I'm still given opportunities that other guys are given," said Hermann.