The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Crew Member Development program put four former KU football players through a series of exercises on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, to project their potential as pit road crew members.
From The Kansas City Star website:
The 5-foot-9 college football player with NFL dreams grabbed a jump rope and tossed it under his feet and over his head, a repetition he completed 100 times. A man with a stopwatch clicked a button as the player advanced to a ladder drill to test his footwork, then to a cone exercise to measure agility, and finally to a pair of abdominal workouts to examine his core strength.
Former Kansas running back De’Andre Mann, a senior in 2015, has not given up his wish to play in the NFL, though he admits it’s a long shot. So his focus during station training Tuesday lied elsewhere — a career as a NASCAR pit member, of all things.
“I’m not too familiar with NASCAR, but I’m just trying to better my network,” Mann said. “I have a baby. I have a wife. I want to provide for them. I think this would be a good opportunity.”
Members of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Crew Member Development program flew to Lawrence on Tuesday. Their target: former college athletes. Mann and three of his former teammates — defensive linemen Kapil Fletcher, Tedarian Johnson and Corey King — were put through a series of exercises to project their capabilities on NASCAR pit road.
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