You've seen the show on NFL Network, "Hey, Rookie" that features different rookies. Some are high draft choices and some undrafted free agents and it takes you on their journey in trying to make it in the National Football League.
I think that the shows producers may need to hook up with former Oklahoma State Cowboys slot receiver David Glidden in Atlanta. Glidden has become a really good story, in part because he has impressed Falcons veteran standout quarterback Matt Ryan and also because with his genuine Oklahoma personality he is becoming a media favorite coming out of mini-camp.
Glidden, who is back at home, spent the last couple of days in Stillwater. If you had passed by the Cowboys facility this morning on Hall of Fame you might have seen him out there catching passes from Houston Texans quarterback and Oklahoma State all-time leading passer Brandon Weeden.
Glidden said Weeden has helped him out with workouts and with some inside advice including the most simple and maybe the most important and that is to do what you are capable of and don't try to be somebody that you're not. Basically, be the best you can be.
Glidden made big news in the mini-camp when Ryan was asked about rookies on offense and the undrafted pint-size receiver from Oklahoma State was the first name he came up with. He didn't necessarily pronounce it right the first time, but the media got the message and Ryan kept at it until he got it right. Most rookies don't get a mention, so that was huge.
Glidden, who finished his Oklahoma State career with a career-high 57 catches his senior season for 866 yards and three touchdowns, said he really likes Atlanta, likes head coach Dan Quinn, and the organization. He will be back at home in Oklahoma and will workout some in Mustang and some in Stillwater. He reports back to Atlanta in late July for the start of training camp.
Don't doubt Glidden and his chances to make it because when people do that they usually end up being wrong. Atlanta actually reports to training camp in Flowery Branch, an Atlanta suburb, on July 27 and start practice the next day. They open the preseason schedule on Thursday, Aug. 11, hosting Washington in the Georgia Dome.