Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette also had a great feature on Tom Gilson today featuring the redshirt senior's perseverance in going from walk-on to starter over the course of his career.
About 20 minutes after the rest of his University of Massachusetts football teammates were showering, changing or enjoying their post-practice Gatorade and popsicles, Tom Gilson was still working out near the visitors sideline in the noon heat that approached 90 degrees at McGuirk Stadium.
A manager fed ball after ball into the Juggs machine firing rapid-fire passes at him.
Gilson, a Mansfield native, caught one high, one low, extending and contorting his arms to secure each ball before tossing it aside to prepare for the next.
"I had a couple drops. I was really upset with myself," Gilson said.
As he caught his breath, sweat made his shirt stick to the new praying-hands tattoo on his left arm with the words "Blessed is he who perseveres through the trial."