On The Fence

Bobby Leach "The Rooster" | 5/5/2015, 11:58 p.m.
The NFL Draft has come and gone but there is still a long list of undrafted free agents that are ...
Bobby Leach

The NFL Draft has come and gone but there is still a long list of undrafted free agents that are heading to interested teams in an effort to gain a roster spot for the upcoming season. One such player is former Romeoville High School football standout Cameron Stingily who spent the last few season running the ball for the Northern Illinois Huskies.

Stingily signed with the Pittsburg Steelers as an undrafted free agent over the weekend and will head to the Steelers camp in hopes of joining his older brother Byron Stingily in the NFL who just signed a new contract with the Tennessee Titans. Cameron converted from a linebacker to running back while at Northern Illinois and played in 12 games with three starts as a senior tailback...led NIU with 895 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground, the second-most rushing touchdowns in the MAC behind only Jarvion Franklin of Western Michigan last season. In 2013 Cameron racked up 1,119 yards on 203 carries averaging 86 yards per game as well proving his worth to offenses built around the run game.

With football season right around the corner, it will be interesting to see if Cameron will earn a roster spot. Given his experience during his freshman season at Northern on their special teams unit, it is very possible Stingily could earn his spot via the Steelers special teams squad. In any case, it isn't often I see two players from the same family reach the pinnacle of the sport as the Stingily family has but it doesn't surprise me. The family is not only one of our areas most athletic but also a very humble and respectful family with obvious tremendous leadership within its ranks.

Like any football fan, I am looking forward to the summer sessions which start in about a month for our are prep teams and what new rules may be in place that could dictate practice routines as teams prepare for the 2015 season. Time to break out the cargo shorts and a clipboard in advance of what will surely be another great season.