Zack Golditch has found the reaction to his signing with his latest National Football League team a little bit less enthuastic locally.
The former Gateway High School star offensive lineman has been on the roster or practice squad of four previous franchises — the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals — but the new uniform he will don is definitely less well-received.
Golditch has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, an archenemy of the Denver Broncos. Still, he will have a chance to continue to live his dream of playing professional football.
Before he headed off to training camp with the Chiefs — which begins July 27 at Missouri Western State University — Golditch helped run the Gateway Olys Youth Football Camp for the second straight season.
Golditch helped Gateway coach Taylor Calvert run kids between the ages of 5 and 14 through drills and also shared stories of his journey from high school to the pro ranks. The camp happened on July 19, a day before the seventh anniversary of the Aurora Theater Shooting in which Golditch was a survivor.
NFL training camps begin all over the country this week and a large number of former Aurora prep standouts are among the hundreds of hopefuls in search of a chance to begin a professional football career or further establish themselves.
Defensive tackle Mike Pennel Jr., who spent time at Cherokee Trail and Grandview high schools during his prep career, is Aurora’s most veteran NFL player as he has logged five years in the league.
The 6-foot-4, 330-pounder played 69 games for the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers and is currently a member of the New England Patriots, who signed him to a two-year, $5 million contract.
Former Grandview star Eddie Yarbrough — an undrafted free agent himself — has carved out a spot in Buffalo, having played in 31 games (six starts) in two seasons with the Bills and has 57 career tackles.
The 6-3, 259-pounder originally signed with the Denver Broncos after he was undrafted coming out of the University of Wyoming.
Jacob Martin, a Cherokee Trail product, is in his second season with the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle drafted the 6-2, 242-pound defensive end out of Temple last season in the sixth round and Martin played in 16 games. Martin’s brother, Josh, spent time with four NFL teams, lastly the New York Jets, before he signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent July 25.
Like Yarbrough a product of Grandview and the University of Wyoming, wide receiver Tanner Gentry is back with the Chicago Bears, where he has gone back-and-forth from the practice squad to the active roster for the past two seasons.
Gentry, 24, played in four games in the 2017 season and made three catches for 35 yards.
Ex-Grandview standout tight end Evan Baylis is on the training camp roster of the Green Bay Packers after coming into the league in 2017 as part of the practice squad of the Houston Texans.
The 6-5, 250-pounder, who has appeared in NFL regular season game, also spent time on the practice squads of the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers.
Former Overland standout linebacker Tre Thomas went undrafted after completing his career at Colorado State University, but will be in training camp with the Indianapolis Colts after earning his way through a rookie minicamp.
Former Eaglecrest standout defensive lineman Deyon Sizer is in camp with the hometown Denver Broncos.
The 6-4, 280-pound Sizer played in 41 games for Colorado State-Pueblo and earned an invitation to Broncos training camp.
Former Cherokee Trail star safety Evan Worthington wrapped up his career at the University of Colorado and signed with the Baltimore Ravens in April after he went undrafted. The Ravens released him two weeks later, however.
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