Columbia, SC (WLTX) - 11 months ago, Brandon McGowan left the comforts of South Carolina to enlist in the Army National Guard. Upon, his return he decided he wanted to set his sights on a new challenge: the NFL.
Brandon isn't the only veteran to attempt to compete in the NFL. But he may be one of the first to try without playing any football at the collegiate level. McGowan is a student at Benedict College majoring in Criminal Justice, yet he's decided to bypass football with the Tigers. Even with the odds stacked against him, he feels as if he has plenty of talent to showcase.
"What I'm trying to do is be very competitive no matter what the percentage is I'm going to strive hard to complete my goals, " he said.
McGowan is a wide receiver who hasn't played sanctioned football since 2004, his junior year in high school. With the nearly a decade between then and now, he is relying on his military experience to guide him through the process.
"I learned how to be more disciplined," he said. "More mature....and that's pretty much helped me out in the gym."
As you would expect, Brandon's biggest supporter is mother Desandra Anderson. No matter what they outcome may be, his mother will still be in his corner.
"When you put your mind to it, you can always set a goal....and you can always reach it," she said.
Brandon will compete in the NFL Regional Combine in Atlanta on March 16.