It hasn’t been an easy path to the NFL for Washington’s Kaleb McGary.
His family farm in Washington was foreclosed during the recession a decade ago. And then, in January of 2018, his grandparents’ home and their RV, where his family was staying, caught fire.
“It’s something that I’ve taken from that is perspective and resilience,” he said. “Fortunately, nothing tragic happened. No one died. Nothing that couldn’t be replaced was lost. It could be worse. It could always be worse.”
McGary also overcame a heart arrythmia to win the Pac 12’s Morris Trophy as the league’s top offensive lineman.
At some point over the three days of the NFL draft in late April, McGary will hear his name called. Some analysts believe he could be selected anywhere between the first and third rounds. Through it all, his experiences have given him a new outlook and perspective on life.
“It’s given me more appreciation,” he said. “It’s hard to believe this is the dream I’ve had since the 4th grade, and as my life has gone on. all I’ve gained is more motivation, drive and reasons to continue to push on. Now knocking on the door of that dream, it’s kind of a weird feeling but it’s really cool.”