Four seasons into his professional career and Kevin White has been gifted another fresh start.
This time from his position coach.
“There’s no expectations,” Mike Furrey said, via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Come here, work hard, do what you’re supposed to do and learn. I don’t have any expectations for him.”
As a walk-on turned Division I-AA standout who went undrafted upon the completion of his NFL career, Furrey knows a thing or two about low expectations.
Furrey played nine games at Ohio State as a freshman walk-on before moving on to Northern Iowa University, where he would set Gateway Football Conference records for receptions (242), receiving yards (3,544), and touchdowns (27). Furrey went undrafted in 2000, signed with the Colts, but was waived, which led to him to venture around the football world. Furrey played for the XFL’s Las Vegas Outlaws and the Arena Football League’s New York Dragons before returning to the NFL in 2003 when he signed with the Rams.
None of that stopped Furrey from having a seven-year NFL career in which he played 94 games, highlighted by a 2006 season where he earned fantasy football cult hero status when he caught 98 passes for 1,086 yards and six touchdowns for the Detroit Lions.
So while Furrey can’t relate to White’s path to the NFL, at least White’s third position coach in as many years can pass along is the description of the grind it will take to get his career on the right track.