Fischer hangs on to NFL dream
March 26, 2012
The added pressure of the day left Fischer feeling as though he did not perform as well as he could of following his pro day. "I felt I could have done a little better," he said. "But overall to be out here with my fellow seniors I've been working with the last 4 1/2 to 5 years was fun and something I won't forget."
Leading into Friday, he had spent countless hours preparing for Vanderbilt's Pro Day since the season ended, and now that the day has come and passed, all he can do is wait and hope to hear from interested teams leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft April 26-28.
In the meantime, Fischer will continue to work out at Vanderbilt under the guidance of Vanderbilt Strength and Conditioning Director Dwight Galt. He lifts weights and trains throughout the week with Galt, and seniors Tim Fugger, T.J. Greenstone, Udom Umoh and Larry Smith.
In between workouts, he also plans on heading home to visit family for the first time since this past summer. There is also a minor detail of wedding planning that needs to be finished. Fischer and his fiancé will be married in his hometown of Columbia, S.C., this June. And by then he will know his football fate.
Fischer has no idea what his chances are of making it at the next level, but it won't stop him from giving it everything he's got until this summer when the draft is over and all undrafted free agents would have been claimed to fill 80-man training camp rosters. Football has provided so much for him and opened so many doors to opportunities he otherwise wouldn't have had, and he has no interest in moving on until he absolutely has to.
"Football has been a big part of my life," Fischer said. "I've loved football since the first day I played it and it will be hard not to play it anymore when that day comes, but no matter what I will still have the love for it."
His football future is very cloudy, but his future outlook on life is not. When Fischer departs Vanderbilt this spring, he will be leaving with a degree in hand, and a mind free of regrets.
"I am very grateful of the opportunity I've had and the doors football has opened for me. If it wasn't for football I never would have been able to afford to come to a school like Vanderbilt and receive the education I did. And no matter what happens in football, I will know that I left everything on the field and I gave it my all."
Be sure to watch the sights and sounds captured by Brandon Barca at Vanderbilt's Pro Day.
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