[UPDATE: According to reports and social media, Tyler Catalina has secured a spot on the Washington Redskins’ initial 53-man roster. This story was first published on Aug. 23.]
Don’t ever let someone tell you you can’t do something. Work hard, keep your head down, & trust in god. Thank you everybody that stood by me
— Tyler Catalina (@Tycat72) September 2, 2017
It seems unthinkable that after playing at two high schools, two colleges, going undrafted and switching positions, Tyler Catalina has a legitimate chance to earn an NFL roster spot.
But that’s just where the Wachusett Regional alum currently finds himself, playing guard for the Washington Redskins, and running with the backups during the team’s preseason games. Along the way, Catalina has been doubted at every step, and yet here he is, perhaps only a solid preseason performance away from being an NFL player.
“He definitely took the scenic route, that’s for sure,” Catalina’s brother Tony jokes.
“I’ve played in so many systems, on so many teams, that I think I can adjust to anything at this point,” Catalina said of his first few weeks in the NFL. “It just is what it is. I’ve got to keep working and showing the coaches I can handle anything they throw at me.”