Terrence Metcalf spent the last seven seasons with the Chicago Bears. Now the former Ole Miss standout and third round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft is looking to continue his NFL career in a different city.
Released by the Bears in March, the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Metcalf says he’s not done.
“I’ve been training this whole offseason, just waiting to be blessed again,” said Metcalf, who has been training with the Rebels in Oxford since January.
Blessed is how he describes his time in Chicago, where he played in the Super Bowl in 2007.
“The Lord blessed me to be there for seven years and I’m very thankful for that,” he said. “The coaching staff was great. The administration was good. It was a total blessing because not everybody gets an opportunity to do that, and I did.”
The Bears lost Super Bowl XLI 29-17 against the Colts, but the experience was something Metcalf won’t soon forget.
“It was a total different atmosphere than any other game,”he said. “You’re dealing with a different type of pressure. I was the only player from the state of Mississippi, so that was me representing Mississippi. It’s a once in a lifetime chance.”
Metcalf, who has started 25 games at both offensive guard spots during his career left a year shy of Ole Miss’ 2003 Cotton Bowl win, but he’s buying into the hype that surrounds the program as the 2009 season approaches.
“I see how the guys are working and as long as they continue to believe in Coach (Houston) Nutt, they’re going to succeed,” Metcalf said. “They’ve got good guys on the roster. They’re pushing each other each day they’re working out.”
The 31-year-old Clarksdale native was in New Albany recently for a football camp to raise money for a new Family Life Center at his home church, New Birth Community.
“It’s a way to just give back to the kids,” Metcalf said of the camp, “get the church name out there, let the coaches meet the kids. I just enjoy being around the kids, showing them that football is another outlet for them and they don’t have to worry about not having something to do out in the community.”
Metcalf started all but six games during his five-year Ole Miss career and didn’t allow a sack his junior or senior seasons at left tackle. As a senior, he was a first-team All-American and consensus first-team all-SEC.
He said his Clarksdale camp was canceled this year, but said he plans to have camps there and again in New Albany next summer.
That’s just fine with New Albany coach Ron Price.
“As a coach, you tell them what it takes to get to the next level,” Price said. “To actually bring somebody in who’s there, the kids can see it firsthand. It gives them a chance to really see what we’re telling them as coaches, if they do what we ask them to do, they can achieve their dreams and go play college football, play in the NFL. Who knows what all they can do, if they’ll just set their goals high and do what we ask them to do.”
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