Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tj Graduate Patiently Awaits a Call from NFL

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tj Graduate Patiently Awaits a Call from NFL

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The smartphone is always in reach, perpetually being checked and double-checked. Such is the life of Jefferson Hills resident Brock DeCicco, who awaits a phone call, a text, a tweet - anything - from one of the 32 NFL teams.

"You sit and you wonder, 'Will I get a chance? Will it happen today, tomorrow, soon?'" said DeCicco, a talented tight end prospect. "In the meantime, I work out, watch movies, go to Pirates games. I just have to hope someone is willing to give me a chance."

DeCicco, a Thomas Jefferson High School graduate, played at Division II IUP last season - on the heels of one of college football's more bizarre odysseys (more on this later) - and emerged after an early-season ankle injury. He finished with 35 catches for 433 yards and three touchdowns. In his final five games, DeCicco had 26 receptions for 294 yards, including 11 for 111 versus the California Vulcans.

Though he did not get drafted, DeCicco, a 6-foot-5, 245-pounder, participated in rookie minicamps with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans earlier this month. While there, he showcased his speed (4.7 range in the 40-yard dash) and keen understanding of various blocking techniques. He hasn't heard back from either, but left Jacksonville with a positive outlook.

"At Tennessee, I didn't think I did as well; with the Jaguars, I think maybe I can get a call from them eventually if there is a need," said DeCicco, whose brother, Dom, played linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings last season. "Again, you just stay patient and you wait."

It could be argued that DeCicco left college as the most patient player in NCAA history. Or, at least it seems that way. A former top-10 tight end recruit coming out of Thomas Jefferson, he played for eight coaches and seven offensive coordinators while at Pitt (2009-11), Wisconsin (2011-13) and IUP (2014). …

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