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GRCC alumni goes pro

Truesdell when he played football at GRCC. Courtesy Truesdell

Former football player of GRCC and the Arena Football League, Nick Truesdell, has been signed by the Minnesota Vikings.

“It was crazy at first,” Truesdell said. “I always believed it was gonna happen and when it did it was crazy. It’s a blessing and this just the start of it, I feel more ready now than ever in the past.”

Truesdell, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio attended Anderson High School, then attended GRCC and played football in 2011. Unfortunately, Truesdell’s season was cut short with the Raiders due to injury, but he still enjoyed his time while in Grand Rapids.

“Being in Grand Rapids was a good experience,” Truesdell said. “Coach Annese was a good coach, and I spent most of my time with my teammates.”

Truesdell, at 27 years old, played for six different organizations in the AFL and IFL, he spent a small stint with the Indianapolis Colts in 2016 before being released before training camp. He also has been invited to mini-camps as a rookie tryout player with the Cincinnati Bengals, Tennessee Titans and the Green Bay Packers.

Truesdell said his family influenced him throughout his journey to the NFL.

“My parents, grandparents, and my two little sisters had an in uence on me,” Truesdell said. “It was hard for them but they stuck with me, they believed in me.”

On March 26, Truesdell showcased his skills in front of NFL teams at the NFL Pro Regional Combine, where he recorded a 4.60 second 40 yard dash while measuring in at 6-foot-5 250 pounds.

Following the combine, Truesdell received a call from the Minnesota Vikings, and was signed by the team.

Truesdell is looking forward to being more than just a football player during his time in the league.

“There’s a lot that comes with playing in the league, you meet new people, and you build a foundation,” said Truesdell. “I want to be more than just a football player.”

Truesdell will play tight end, despite playing wide receiver his whole career.

Donte Robinson, Truesdell’s agent, has been with him for three years.

“He’s progressed very well, he had some trouble in the past and what I required from him was that his troubles were done,” Robinson said. “Once they were done, we would have no issues getting him somewhere.”

Truesdell in fact turned his troubles around and now he has the opportunity of a lifetime.

“Nick has changed his whole life,” Robinson said. “His whole outlook on life has changed and that’s the number one thing. Great overall person, cares about others, his family, and his craft.”

Truesdell is now training and preparing himself for training camp with the Minnesota Vikings.