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Chuck Cecil remembers his Draft Day in '88

Posted at 10:43 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 01:43:26-04

TUCSON, Ariz.  — What is it like waiting for a team to pick you in the NFL Draft?

Legendary University of Arizona Safety Chuck Cecil knows all too well.

He recently shared his 1988 draft day experience with KGUN 9.

"You dream about that day and what it's going to be like," recalled Cecil. "Hope it's something that you remember for the rest of your life. Clearly, I do remember mine, but not in a good way."

After a standout four year career at Arizona, Cecil was projected to go in the first couple of rounds.

He was told by one NFL team they would draft him in the second round.

"They actually went overtime with their pick," said Cecil. "That never happens. They took somebody else, obviously."

Cecil's mom tried to console him by encouraging him to wait until day two.

"Thankfully, I got a call shortly after that from the Packers and wound up getting picked. Boy, I'll never forget those words from my mom."

"I couldn't have been more happy and lucky to play in Green Bay. I did live a dream there. Worked out well."

The Green Bay Packers selected Cecil in the 4th round. He played 7 seasons in the NFL with the Packers, Cardinals and the old Houston Oilers.

Now he works under Kevin Sumlin with the Arizona football team. He is the Wildcats' senior defensive analyst.