In this series, we will be asking professional athletes from various sports one simple question: what do you consider the greatest moment of your career?
In this article, American Football player Chad Walrond joins us to share his answer.
I'd have to say the greatest "moment" in my career can't be singled down to a moment specifically, as I would say it's happening this season. This is my first season abroad in a professional league, so I'd say the greatest moments are the ones I'm creating every game week as I'm developing and learning things every week that impact my game for the better. This is due to the elite competition that I face (the ex Division 1 athletes and the best European athletes in the sport).
What makes these moments so special to me is the rollercoaster that led to me getting this opportunity. Last year, I signed my first ever contract abroad for a GFL2 team, who were the only team even to offer me anything last year. However, because of the crazy 2020 we all experienced, the season was cancelled, and everything was shut.
At first, this really crushed me as it would be my first opportunity abroad, but then I realised I could either use this as fuel to get better and chase greater heights or allow myself to fade into the background. This impacted my training and, in the long term, really enlightened me about how much I wanted to chase this dream of mine.
I ended up getting offered an opportunity to play in the GFL1 by the Allgäu Comets, who took a big chance on me, and I truly believe they don't regret it. I think that's why this season will always be so significant to me, no matter the heights I reach in my career (God willing).
Chad Walrond is a British American Football Defensive Back who spent the last season playing for the Allgäu Comets in the German Football League (GFL1). His incredible performances earned him an invite to the NFL International Combine in 2021, being one of only 50 players selected worldwide to receive an invitation.