IMMOKALEE, Fla -- Round one of the NFL Draft is in the books, but one Immokalee man is hoping to hear his name called before the weekend is over.
Immokalee High School standout Aaron Henry is back home, anxiously waiting and watching the NFL Draft. The 2007 graduate played football at the University of Wisconsin now and is hoping his dream of playing in the NFL comes true.
"I can't put into words all the things that I had to overcome in my life, but to know now that all the struggles I went through to finally have some success, it's amazing," Henry said.
Henry graduated from Immokalee High School and then headed north to play for the University of Wisconsin. Now he sits, in the living room he grew up in, watching and waiting for his name to be called.
Henry says, "Henry's grandmother is his number one fun on and off the field. He moved in with her, at just nine years old. "He couldn't read, he didn't even know his own name," says Margaret Lee.
But now, Henry is a college grad, and that is what matters most to his grandmother. "I'm very proud of him, very proud of him. He's the first in our church to finish college."
It's that work ethic instilled in him as a young boy that has made him the player and man he is today.
"I'm looking forward to getting a shot at a team. I don't know how it's going to work out, but I do know that whatever team does pick me, I know they're going to have a heck of a player," Henry said.
Henry says he doesn't have any expectations as far as what round he'll go in. He says free agency is even an option. "I'm taking everything for what it's worth, but until you see my name run across that screen, you really can't believe it until it happens."
No matter where he ends up, Henry says his heart, will always be in Immokalee. "I'm just very thankful, I'm humble. All my teachers who helped me along the way, it's been a blessing and I'm really really proud to be from Southwest Florida."