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University of Houston running back Chandler Smith is one step closer to his NFL dream with his parents by his side

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A University of Houston football player had zero college offers and a dream during his senior year of high school – to play in the NFL.

Running back Chandler Smith, who graduated from Oak Ridge High School, bet on himself and joined the football team as a walk-on. He worked really hard, earned a scholarship, and on Friday, Smith took a step closer to that dream by attending UH’s Pro Day. It’s a combine involving 32 teams in the NFL.

Smith even got handoffs from Texans general manager Nick Casserio in practice.

“I was excited because I wanted to show the Houston Texans that I could be that guy. I can handle that, on the third down conversion I can get the first down. I can return kicks, I can do anything for you,” Smith said.

Along the way, with front row seats to Smith’s journey, are his parents, mother Shawn and father Richard.

“As his mom, getting to this point because he (Chandler) has worked his ass off has been just amazing,” Shawn said. “We were there from start to finish. This is like the culmination of everything that comes together.”

Smith said he remembers going to the UH vs. Navy game in 2015.

“It was emotional for me this morning. I remember sitting in the rafters with no offers my senior year. I wanted to risk it and go to UH,” Smith said. “To get a chance in the NFL now meant everything to me.”

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