He’s played just one season of football, but he’s trying out for the NFL, all thanks to Mom!
TWO RIVERS (CNN) — A Wisconsin man is getting the chance of a lifetime! He’s trying out for an NFL team — all thanks to his biggest fan: his mother!
“I can’t wait!” Zac Carter said.
Playing on a dandelion-dusted field is a team of guys chasing dreams, led by Zac Carter — a player who could be about to realize his own.
“I have never had this happen before,” Zac Carter said.
21-year-old Carter only played on season of high school football at DePere High School.
He didn’t play in college — but he’s done well enough in semi-pro football with teams in Green Bay and now in Two Rivers, to catch the eye of an NFL scout — finding out recently the team wants to fly him in for a tryout.
“Honestly, I cried — just to get this opportunity,” Carter said.
“Everybody’s looking for the next Kurt Warner. You know, Kurt Warner was stocking shelves at one point,” Marco Alfaro, the Manitowoc County Mariners Head Coach said.
Carter is trying out for an AFC team in late June — though he doesn’t want to say exactly which team publicly. He says he doesn’t want to jinx it or risk upsetting the team’s front office.
Carter got noticed without the benefit of a well-connected agent.
What he does have is a much more powerful advocate in his corner.
“I taped all of his games, went on the computer and made a demo,” Carter’s mother, Nicole Carter said.
Carter’s mother did the leg work and paid the postage.
“Sent it to every single team out there,” Carter’s mother said.
The persistence paid off.
Zac Carter is getting his NFL tryout — but that might not be the biggest benefit of mom and son working together.
“I’ve been fighting cancer, and this has made my focus and my strength to get better even that much higher,” Nicole Carter said.
“Your mom knows the best of you, and she’ll do whatever she can. She just wants to see me succeed,” Zac Carter said.
“Make it or don’t make it, at least you made it this far. I don’t know anyone else that can honestly say, I got to try out for an NFL team. In my books, he’s already made it. He’s a winner either way,” Nicole Carter said.