BANGOR – Six months ago, one cut altered Manny Patterson’s lifelong aspiration.
“You know my path and my timeline is a little bit different from some of these other guys out here,” the former Maine football defensive back said.
A torn ACL in Maine’s 47-31 win over Albany on Nov. 2 landed the preseason FCS all-american on the shelf for the final three games of the season, putting his NFL draft stock in jeopardy.
“I ain’t even going to lie it didn’t even hit me until after the bus ride because we be on the bus clownin’ so much like even when it happened I was just trying to take my mind off it so like we was just on the back of the bus clownin’ we just got a win,” Patterson said.
There’s a chance the Baltimore resident could hear his name called this weekend as he’s been in touch with several teams such as the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals.
There’s no questions about his talent, instead it’s been about his knee.
“Most teams they want to see me workout on a healthy knee so honestly the longer this corona stuff goes on the better for me because that’s just more time they not going to do no workouts with the corona going on or anything like that,” Patterson added.
Despite the coronavirus, Patterson has been able to rehab and says he should be recovered come August.
In the meantime, all he can do is wait.
“This whole football stuff is a business and I’m not about to get my hopes all high and up just cause a team says something and then that pick comes and they pick somebody else so you know I’m always prepared for the worst and hoping for the best,” he said.
A realist, Patterson knows his chances aren’t high. But, it’s not getting in the way of his dream.
“When people ask what I wanted to be when I grew up and I just say NFL player, football player and they tell me what’s your ‘Plan B’ and I say I don’t even have one. Like I’m almost living the dream that I’ve been envisioning since I was a little kid,” Patterson said.