El Dorado Hills joins Ian Book on NFL debut
EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. (KTXL) – According to the NCAA, the odds of a college football player reaching the NFL are less than 2%.
Even fewer have the opportunity to be a starting quarterback in prime time.
“I was having fun. I wanted to go out there and bring some energy,” New Orleans Saints quarterback Ian Book said.
“I thought I could have played a little faster, you know,” Book continued. “Obviously, thinking it through the first time. You learn so much by getting, by playing.
Book’s NFL debut wasn’t perfect, but keep in mind the Saints were dealing with an exhausted roster due to COVID-19.
The former Oak Ridge High School student threw two interceptions, including a six pick during the Saints’ opening practice. He was sacked eight times in New Orleans’ 20-3 loss on Monday night.
“There is so much to improve, I can’t wait to improve,” Book said. “Once you’re out playing it’s like dude, I’ve learned a lot already. So that’s a pretty cool feeling, I’m excited about it.
Whatever Monday night’s outcome, Book has the entire El Dorado Hills community to support it.
“It’s pretty cool, you know, to see a kid growing up here in our community and living his dream, doing what he wants to do since he was little. It’s a lot of fun, ”said Eric Cavaliere, former Oak Ridge High School head coach.
Ron Martin, another former Book trainer and father of his best friend, was so excited about Book’s big debut that he decided to throw a night out at his bar, El Dorado Saloon and Grill. There was no free space in the house.
“It’s a goal to play in a varsity ball, isn’t it, but I think it’s a dream to play in the NFL,” said Martin. “So here it is now, we can watch someone play in their dream. “
The next time the Saints play it will be in the New Year.
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