Joplo Bartu and Darryl Morris waited for their opportunity.
Despite not hearing their names called in the 2013 NFL Draft, their ringing phones showed NFL teams wanted them on their rosters.
That’s when opportunity knocked for them in the guise of the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers. Bartu signed a free-agent contract with Atlanta, while Morris agreed to terms with San Francisco.
“It felt big to me, kind of like a ‘Mission Accomplished,’” Bartu said. “But it’s not accomplished until I make the 53-man roster.”
Morris felt the same way.