Randy Washington (1995)
I have been married for 2 years and I have one child (lil' Randy). He is 16 months old and into everything. There have been many changes in my life since I graduated from college. I got married, had my first child, bought a house, etc....
After graduating college, I worked as a consulting engineer for a small engineering firm in Bucks County, Pa. I left there after 9 months after accepting a position at one of the largest architectural & engineering firms in this region (Kling formerly known as Kling Lindquist). While at Kling, I was the lead engineer in charge of all design for Merck & Co., Inc. I designed all of the systems used for the production of medicines, drugs (legal, of course), and things of that nature. I still had the dream of playing professional football in the back of my mind while I was at Kling. I played semipro football with the Delco Cougars of Chester County in 2002 and I was fortunate enough to catch the eye of some of the Arena Football League teams (AFL). I tried out and signed with the Orlando Predators and resigned from my office in engineering. Playing in the AFL has proven to be a good stepping stone for me to reach my goal of playing in the NFL. I have some private workouts with a couple teams this summer, so we will have to wait and see what happens. I plan on playing in the NFL as long as I can before going back in to the field of engineering.
I attended Temple University after my Delsea days. My major was Mechanical Engineering and I was in the honors program (who woulda thunk it, LOL). I was there with a couple of my classmates at the same time (Damiso Josey and Jeanine Lee). My time spent at Temple was very interesting. I did a lot of growing and learning. I ran track and played football for Temple University my whole time there. Even though we did not do so well as a whole (the football team), it was a very positive experience for me. I learned to deal with adversity, ups, downs, and everything else. Aside from that, sports paid for my education so I have no complaints. I have also had the opportunity to take sports to the next level. I was entered in the 2000 NFL draft but I was not drafted.
Never give up on your dreams!!! Keep working to achieve them. There is nothing out of your reach. I was not a superstar at Delsea as far as sports are concerned (even though I did really well). I wasn't even a superstar as far as academics were concerned!! I simply kept working at my goals and they unfolded before me. I am now enjoying the best of both worlds (professional athlete and professional engineer).
ALWAYS THINK BIG!!! KEEP DREAMING AND ACHIEVING!!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!