During last year’s NFL Draft, the Ryan football faithful was busy celebrating two former players as Mario Edwards Jr. and Bud Sasser were drafted by the Raiders and Rams, respectively. This year, that same legion of fans are celebrating another Ryan graduate — but for slightly different reasons.
Former linebacker Alex De La Torre, who had a standout collegiate career at Texas, announced this morning that he has decided to pursue a coaching career.
De La Torre went undrafted in this weekend’s NFL Draft, and was not signed to an undrafted free agent deal. He announced his decision via his Twitter account.
It’s time for the next step. Thanks for all the support as a player, now it’s time to move on to the coaching world! pic.twitter.com/sEPKB710mj
— Alex De La Torre (@ADLT36) May 1, 2016
De La Torre, whose dad Aaron De La Torre was a former defensive coach at Ryan before moving on to Irving, graduated from Ryan following the 2011 season and went on to play fullback for the Longhorns. He played in 11 games last season and announced his plans to enter this year’s draft.
It was the second straight year that Ryan had former players in the mix to possibly make it to the NFL. Edwards is currently in the league with Oakland after being taken 35th overall in the 2015 draft. Sasser was eventually cut by the Rams due to a pre-existing heart condition.
While things didn’t work out in terms of an NFL career, De La Torre clearly wants to give back to the sport he has excelled in for so many years by following in his father’s footsteps.