‘If I don’t, who will?’: Can Kamathi Holsey tweet his way into the NFL?
Chances are you’ve never heard of Kamathi Holsey. His name doesn’t spark a memory of any can’t-miss highlight. It doesn’t call to mind an endlessly retweeted profile. And it’s not on the tip of every NFL analyst’s tongue when discussing their picks for the upcoming draft.
Holsey, 22, is well aware that most people who matter in NFL football circles don’t know his name. As he sits in one of the box seats at the stadium where he ran routes as a wide receiver for the University at Buffalo, he smiles softly, knowing that he is running out of time to change that.
“Ever since junior college, I’ve been on Twitter just so they can see my name and know that I’m out there,” he says. “Social media played a big part in getting college offers. Now, I’m doing the same with the NFL draft. My coaches can put in a word here or there, but that’s as far as it goes. Is that really enough? I’ve taken it upon myself to do it myself. If I don’t do it, who will?”
Holsey’s college career is over, and the odds of him getting drafted by an NFL team are slim. He knows that average observers consider guys like him a dime a dozen, just another wide receiver with bigger dreams than potential, but he isn’t ready to give up on goals yet. So he’s doing everything he can – from sharing his own highlight reel to tweeting at whoever will listen – to get some attention thrown his way.Read more on The Guardian