FAU in the NFL
FAU in the NFL
Pare to play in NFL preseason game
Published Tuesday, August 17, 2004
by Kelly Landy
Brian Pare, 22, learned to trust the Chicago Bears organization after receiving ?the call? Sunday morning.
Pare received the call he was told he would get when the Bears waived him on May 31. They told him at the time it was part of the process. The process began on May 1 when Pare, a 6-foot-2, 255-pound long snapper, became the first Florida Atlantic University football player to sign an NFL contract.
?This is the opportunity that they were talking about,? Pare said. ?I got a call around 11:30 [in the morning] and was on a plane by 7 o?clock [Sunday] night. I got in about one in the morning here to Bourbonnais where they have training camp. We had an 8:30 practice [Monday morning.] It was good to get back into full pads. I did get a chance to snap to the punters, and a few field goal snaps.?<br>Pare is excited to see action in the Bears? second preseason game Aug. 21 against the San Francisco 49ers.
?As of right now I think I?ll be snapping in the second half,? said Pare, who attended the Miami Dolphins? first preseason game Saturday against the Jacksonville Jaguars before getting the call.
How does Pare feel about hitting the field himself?
?Relieved, that it?s finally here,? Pare said. ?I couldn?t wait to get to practice [Monday]. I can?t wait to go back. I mean this is the opportunity of a lifetime for me so I?m going to enjoy every minute of it. Obviously I can?t wait for the game.?<br>At the least, Pare gets to experience an actual NFL game ? a feat not many people get to experience.
?I?ll be able to add that NFL experience to college tapes and what not as far as sending out tapes to other teams,? Pare said. ?As far as on the team they?ve got me working behind Pat [Mannelly]. This is what they do. They bring me in for this game. I get a chance to show what I can do and who knows from there.?