EDGAR, WI (WAOW) - -
When the NFL Draft wrapped up Saturday, many players who were not chosen were selected as free agents for teams. One player selected was from here in central Wisconsin.
Justin Sinz has been playing football since he was little.
"Certainly has been pretty instrumental in my growth as a person, and something I certainly cherish," he said.
The Edgar native went from playing in the backyard with his three brothers to playing in high school. Sinz and his teammates looked up to their head coach as a mentor.
"Other guys, you know, their parents probably weren't bringing the football back home as much as we did," said Sinz.
But to Justin, he also called him dad.
"I never really treated them any different than any of the other players,” said Jerry Sinz, the head football coach at Edgar. “They always said I treated them a little more harshly, and maybe I did. But I certainly didn't give them any breaks."
Justin started all four years as quarterback for the Wildcats, even winning a state championship his senior year, and winning AP State Player of the Year.
"He was, despite what his other brothers say, he was probably the best out of all of them," said Jerry Sinz.
In college, he continued his football career at Purdue as a tight end. During his junior and senior years, it became clear he could play in the pro's.
After his school's pro day this year, the calls started coming in.
"The Lions, the Vikings, the Dolphins, the Colts," said Justin Sinz.
Even the green and gold.
"I had heard a decent amount from the Packers," said Justin Sinz.
Justin entered the draft, but wasn't picked in the seven rounds. He entered into free agency.
"As soon as the draft ended, he got up and his phone started ringing immediately and teams were calling," said Jerry Sinz.
After talking to a few teams, he made his decision.
"I obviously kind of wanted to sign an undrafted contract, and that was the opportunity I wanted to take with the Colts," said Justin Sinz.
Something his dad and his brothers are proud of.
"Couldn't be more proud,” said Jordan Sinz, Justin's older brother. “To have a younger brother that's as mature and has as good of a head on his shoulders as Justin does."
"I was always proud of what he was able to do, and I knew he was a hard worker," said Jerry Sinz.
Justin says his roots in Edgar are what's kept him grounded throughout this process.
"It's such a good small community that supports you in so many different ways," said Justin Sinz. "I'm just happy that I can maybe continue this career a little bit longer and give them something to be proud of."
Justin reports to the Colts on Thursday. He begins rookie training camp on Friday, and will hopefully get a spot on the team.
Another big change for him, he's getting married in a couple of months.
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