Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The San Diego Chargers beat the Minnesota Vikings 24-17 on Sunday in week one of the NFL regular season and did so without the services of former UMD running back Isaac Odim.
Odim was among the players cut as the Chargers trimmed their roster to the league-maximum 53 players, that after spending more than a month in training camp with San Diego.
"It was a really cool experience," Odim said. "You're playing professional sports, so you really can't complain. Seeing these guys that you've only seen on TV before and seeing that they're just regular guys was pretty cool. Just being out there, a part of everything, traveling for the away games, it was a really cool experience."
Odim carried the ball four times for six yards in the Chargers' first preseason game, then was limited to special teams work in the final three.
"Leading up to the game, I was a little bit nervous," Odim said. "I was worried I'd be nervous during the game, but once you run through that tunnel onto the field all the jitters go away, and it's just another game. Playing in front of 55,000 fans, and all the supportive friends and family I had watching on TV, it was a really cool experience to get in the game."
He is UMD's all-time leading rusher, owner of 17 single-season and career rushing records at the school, and also a winner of two NCAA Division II national championships as a Bulldog.
Odim is now an NFL free agent and can be signed by any team to either a practice squad or the active 53-man roster, and he plans on staying in shape throughout the fall in case that happens.
If not, he plans to enroll in Duke University next fall where he will earn his master's degree in biochemical engineering.
Posted by Zach Schneider