By Ken Barhorst
After the kind of season — and career — that Sidney High graduate Jack Foy had at Notre Dame College, you really can’t blame him for not wanting to see his football playing days come to an end.
And even though he’s used up all his college eligibility now, we may not have seen the last of the fleet wide receiver.
Foy revealed this week that he has been invited to Baltimore on March 29 to take part in an Under Armour pro day, or to use the preferred term these days, NFL combine. He said it will be held at the Baltimore Ravens facility, and he will be getting looks from a bevy of professional scouts.
“It’s exciting,” said Foy this week. “Only the best out of our conference were invited, so I feel pretty honored. I know I’ll be a little nervous, but I’m not worried.”
He was an obvious choice to attend from the Mountain East Conference, of which Notre Dame College is a part. Last season, Foy led the conference in receptions with 93, an average of nearly nine per contest. And that’s with catching just two in the season finale. And his 836 receiving yards were fourth-best in the conference.
His 8.5 catches per game ranked him ninth in the entire nation in Division II.
He is 5-foot-8 and a chiseled 190 pounds, and has been working out diligently since the season ended — and extra hard since getting invited to the combine. He has a trainer he works with three times a week in Brunswick on strength and agility, so he’s determined to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
His home school is proud of him, too — he said he was booted out of the weight room by the track coach when that season started up, but the athletic director took the track coach aside and told him “he needs to be in here.” So he can use the Notre Dame weight room any time he wants.
It’s paying off, too. Foy, who has one semester of classes to complete at Notre Dame, said he benches 395 pounds.
Foy has helped put the still young Notre Dame football program on the map in his career. He said the school contacted then Sidney coach Dan Cairns about Foy after hearing a lot about the Sidney standout from then athletic director Scott Stemple.
“I really owe Scott a lot,” said Foy. “I went as a running back, but I struggled, so I was switched to slot receiver and I started getting a little more love out there. Then my senior year, I got a lot of love out there.”
Foy’s senior season is made even more remarkable by the fact that he had to battle turf toe for much of the season. But he battled through it and is now healthy and ready to take the next step.
If that doesn’t turn out to be the NFL, Foy said he may look to try out for the Canadian Football League.
“My grandma before she passed away, she told me I was going to do something great,” he said. “So maybe that time is here.”