Remember that time you were sitting in the stands watching the Raiders when your phone rang and it was the Raiders wanting to sign you? Yeah, that crazy dream you had. Remember that? Well, that actually happened this week to former Raiders tight end Nick Kasa. The only difference being, the Colorado native was watching his Denver Broncos beat the Patriots in the AFC Championship as detailed in an AP report.
Kasa received a phone call while in the stands for the game and was so caught off guard, he dropped his phone and cracked the screen. It was the Broncos and they wanted to add him to the practice squad to help them prepare for the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
"My role is to be the best Greg Olsen that I can," said Kasa. "I didn't see this coming. I thought the season was drawing to an end. I was ready to move on to the next year. Surprised me with this call. I'm ready to go."
The last time Kasa was part of an NFL team was May when he was cut by the Raiders with a failed physical designation. He was originally drafted by the Raiders in the sixth round of the 2013 draft, just ahead of tight end Mychal Rivera and running back Latavius Murray who both have been starters for the Raiders at different times over the past few seasons.
In two seasons with the Raiders, Kasa had just one catch. That catch was a 9-yard touchdown in the final game of his rookie season. And of course, it was against the Broncos. The following preseason he tore his ACL and was placed on injured reserve for the entire 2014 season. And he has been trying to work his way back ever since, living in the Denver area and staying in shape.
Now, the Broncos are looking for him to imitate one of the best tight ends in football. Olsen had 77 catches for 1103 yards last season and has surpassed 1000 yards each of the past two seasons. A tall task for Kasa, but you won't find many players more enthusiastic about doing it than Kasa.
"It's a freaking dream come true, for sure," Kasa continued. "I don't know how to describe it. ... It's just good to be here. I don't want to distract from this team at all. They've been working hard for a long time."
While he probably won't be called up to actually play in the Super Bowl, he will spend the next two weeks training with the team and travel with the Broncos and make his return to the Bay Area for the Super Bowl.
Freaking dream come true sounds pretty accurate.