2012 newsmakers: Chris Polk
Running back Chris Polk skipped his senior season at Washington and, surprisingly, was not selected in the NFL draft. But he achieved his dream of playing pro football by making the Philadelphia Eagles roster.
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Chris Polk said he would have been more than happy spending one more year as a running back at Washington.
"It was a hard decision," he said of giving up his last year to declare for the NFL draft. "But it just seemed like the right time."
Polk said it all felt worth it when he stepped onto an NFL field this fall with the Philadelphia Eagles.
"It was really surreal," he said. "That's the stuff you dream about. The closest I had gotten to an NFL field was making my own player on Madden (the video game)."
That feeling, he said, washed away any possible second thoughts about his decision after he had not been selected in the draft. Rumors circulated that teams had concerns about how well his left shoulder, on which he'd had two surgeries, would hold up. Polk said he didn't mind such talk.
"But I'm actually glad things happened this way," he said. "It made me want it more."
Polk said he had offers from the Redskins, Titans and Texans, among others, but chose the Eagles because he thought it was the best fit.
He made the 53-man roster and was active for most of the season — generally playing on special teams — until suffering a toe injury in November that caused him to miss five games.
He still keeps in touch with former UW roommate Keith Price and other Huskies, often while playing video games at night.
"It's definitely been a very eventful year," he said. "Just like my college years, with ups and downs. But overall, I wouldn't change anything."