Patriots hopeful stands outside Gillette Stadium daily waiting for his chance to tryout
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Abiola Aborishade can tell you what time many of the Patriots employees get to work everyday, despite not being an employee himself, masslive.com reported.
Aborishade may not be a member of the Patriots organization but he stands at Gillette Stadium—under the bridge at the intersection of Route 1 and Patriots Place with a poster board.
Why does Aborishade do this? He wants a tryout with the team.
Aborishade is a former standout receiver at the Division III UMass Dartmouth and was dressed ready for the for the occasion on Friday, with neon green cleats, running shorts, leggings, a sweatshirt, and a Patriots hat.
Since April 21, Aborishade has been out there almost every weekday with his poster board that reads, "talented hardworking athlete hoping for a chance to prove myself."
Some of the players wave to him when they drive by. Others, including Malcolm Butler, have stopped to chat. Butler also posted a photo to Facebook with the caption, "this is the attitude you must have if you really want something...#NEVERGIVEUP."
The 6-foot, 194-pound slot receiver set the UMass Dartmouth single-season catch record in 2014 and ranked fourth nationally.
Aborishade knew that being drafted from a Division III school was never realistic, but that didn't stop him from pursing his dream.