"I was really depressed after the draft," said Terrell, 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds. "It was real tough sitting there. Real tough."
Tony Terrell started for four years at UNLV, playing offensive guard, and earned first team all-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior. In total he played in 45 games for the Rebels including the last 40. He allowed a total of seven sacks and 24 quarterback pressures over those four years, and only allowed one sack during his senior campaign.
Despite his impressive run of consecutive games played there are some concerns over his durability as he has a long history of knee problems that have stripped him of any speed he once had. Those injury concerns are further cemented as he lacks the balance and speed to get to the second level effectively or block in space.
A leader in the community Terrell has been recognized for his efforts receiving the "Wildcat" Morris Most Inspirational Award in 2002, being selected to represent UNLV at the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference and so much more.
"Anything I can help with, I'm willing to do within the community," Terrell said. "I want to give back because it's a blessing for me to be here."
The Vikings and Bengals offered free-agent deals to Terrell. But Terrell, of Hawthorne, Calif., ended up signing with the Chargers, about a two-hour drive south of his hometown in Lawndale.
"I'm just thankful that it all worked out at the end," said Terrell, a first team all-Mountain West Conference pick.
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