It's been a longer wait than he had hoped, but Andrew Sendejo will begin his professional career in Monday when the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL open their training camp.
Former NFL head coach Dennis Greene is the Mountain Lions head coach, while one of Sendejo's teammates will be former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpepper. More than anything, Sendejo is ready to get back in an environment he loves.
"I am excited and happy to be playing football again," he said. "The last time I was in pads was last October, so I am ready to get things going."
Sendejo finished his career tied for second on the Owls' career tackle list despite missing the half of his senior year because of an ankle injury at East Carolina. He was not selected in last April's NFL Draft, but did have a stint in Tampa Bay's training campl, as well as a tryout with the New Orleans Saints.
While he was holding out hope for a late call from an NFL team, the offer to join the UFL was a perfect solution to his desire to get back on the field.
"My goal has always been to play in the NFL, and that is still the case. While I haven't achieved that yet, this is a great opportunity to get back on the field and show what I can do. I am fortunate to have a job that won't feel like one. There are so many people out there who don't have jobs right now, so I know how lucky I am to have this opportunity," he added.
FYI, circle the calendar for October 15. That's the date when Sacramento will play Las Vegas which would set up a potential match up between Sendejo and Chase Clement.