For most high school athletes, getting signed by an NFL team is such an unrealistic dream that few even bother to consider it.
But, former Grandview Wide Receiver Tanner Gentry is living in that dream, and he says it's just the start.
Minutes after the NFL Draft concluded, the Chicago Bears gave the recent Wyoming Cowboys wideout a call and signed him as an undrafted free agent.
"It's kind of a bummer to not get drafted, but I'm extremely thankful to get a chance," Gentry said. "That's all you need."
Many projections had Gentry as a sixth or seventh round draft pick--but going undrafted just gives him more motivation heading into camp in Chicago.
"As long as I can remember, I've dreamed about playing in the NFL," Gentry said. "I have a lot of people to prove wrong."
In his final season at Wyoming, the receiver hauled in 72 passes for over 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns.
We ran a story on Gentry last month, where he talked about how much it meant for him to get to this point.
But, he still has a long way to go to make the 53-man roster. At the beginning of camp, every NFL team starts with 90 guys on its team. Then, a couple rounds of cuts occur leading up to the first game of the season.
Fortunately, the Bears might be a good landing spot for Gentry.
"They didn't draft any receivers," Gentry said. "We thought it was a really good fit, and hopefully I can be a guy that can come in and make that team."
If that happens, the former Aurora star will continue to prove people wrong, like he always has.