GJ Kinne not giving up on NFL dream


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Updated: 12/13/2012 11:03 pm Published: 12/13/2012 10:41 pm


GJ Kinne will tell you his football career isn't over. It's just paused.

"I know for 100%, if i get an opportunity, a real opportunity, then I'll be able to play," Kinne said.

Kinne thought he would have already gotten that real opportunity, but he's still working for it here Tulsa.

The former TU quarterback was an undrafted rookie free agent when he got picked up by the New York Jets during training camp this year. Unfortunately for him, he had to fight for roster spots with the likes of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Good luck winning that battle.

"Felt like I didn't really get a fair shot, most rookies don't. I felt like I was better than just a free agent player," Kinne said.

After his release from the Jets, Kinne found himself in Omaha playing on a semi-pro team. After just four games, teams couldn't afford to pay their players, and the league collapsed.

"A lot of lows, a little highs," Kinne said. "I'm in constant communication with my agent and my dad. They say, 'don't give up.'"

These days Kinne is up early, hitting the gym, and then heading to his day-job in the oil fields. It's all just to keep that dream alive.

"When I lay down at night, I dream of being an NFL player," Kinne said. "That should hopefully happen in January. I know I'll get at least one more shot at the NFL."

A chance to un-pause and get back to playing. That's all GJ wants. That's what he's working for.

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