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Former UW-L star keeps NFL fire burning

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Omaha, NEBRASKA (WXOW)  Former UW-La Crosse star Derek Dreher will play another waiting game with the NFL.

Dreher just completed a banner season with the Omaha Beef of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League.

Dreher played safety for an Omaha squad that reached the playoffs.

He had 5 interceptions on the season and returned one of them for a touchdown.

He's hoping it's enough to earn another tryout in the NFL.

"I heard from some of my old coaches in La Crosse that they new some guys here. They hooked me up and I ended up coming here to try and get some film and play with these guys. It's been a blast. The talent here is a lot better than what I expected. It's a lot of great athletes here and they all know how to play," Dreher said.

Dreher was an all-american cornerback at UW-L and finished his career with 13 interceptions.

He was in the Baltimore Ravens camp last year before being let go and wasn't ready to give up on his pro football aspirations.

"I'm always hopeful. I'm always working hard. There's lots of guys here doing the same thing. We all go workout together. It helps to stay in shape and workout with those guys. So, I guess I'm just trying to help this team and trying to get better and hopefully get a call after the season."

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