Former Baylor Bears running back Silas Nacita has had a pretty crazy journey in his football career. He joined the program as a walk-on in 2012 and in 2014, he finally got his shot to play.
Nacita had seven carries for 62 yards in that year’s scrimmage and then went on to rush for 191 yards and three touchdowns his junior year. He certainly looked to be a big part of their offense in 2015.
However, his whole world came crashing down when he was dismissed from the Bears’ program in March of last year. Nacita was declared permanently ineligible when family friends gave him a place to stay and food as he was essentially living on the street due to a money situation.
That was seen as a possible violation of NCAA rules, so the Bears got rid of him before they ended up getting hit with any kind of punishment.
Now, the talented, young running back is looking to start again at the pro level. He finished his career at NAIA program Southwestern Assemblies of God University and he just signed with a professional football team in Germany.
Signed a contract today with a professional football team in Germany. When I said I’d go anywhere to play, I meant it. It’s obviously not the NFL, but this is the opportunity that is in front of me. I have always wanted to travel the world, but because of football I haven’t been able to. Now, because of football, I’ll have that chance. Furthermore, and most importantly, I’ll have the opportunity to answer Jesus’ call to go into all the world and preach the gospel! Upon receiving my college degree, it’s off to Marburg. I’m excited for this next step in my crazy journey!
This is certainly a great achievement for that young man. His story is inspiring and you can only hope he is able to bounce off this chance overseas for one in the NFL.
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