It was a classic storybook ending–local quarterback gets drafted by the team he grew up loving.
But for Benet Academy alumnus and former Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour, it wasn’t necessarily that easy. After four seasons quarterbacking the Chippewas and setting multiple school and conference passing records, the Downers Grove native had to wait, wait and wait some more–over two days and nine hours of draft time–for the Chicago Bears to call his name in the sixth round (181 overall).
His mother compared the draft process to when her youngest son came into the world.
“I have to say it’s kind of like childbirth,” said Judy LeFevour. “You go through a long time of no action. Then all of a sudden it’s overwhelming and the results are just a miracle.”
His father Jack is just glad it’s all over, and that his son will stay close to home.
“(It was) a tough wait for him, for all of us,” said Jack LeFevour, “but if you could pick a team that he could go to right now it would have to be the Bears.”
The quarterback, who is used to being in control of his situation, the long and arduous wait was a tough one, but one that couldn’t have ended any better–because now he’s a Bear, one of the nearly mythical heros he grew up idolizing.
“It’s really weird for me to be drafted by the team I’ve grown up watching, and you know the franchise that I love,” said Dan LeFevour. “I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity at this point of the draft and I’m just really just looking forward to playing for the Bears.”
For his mom, it was meant to be.
“I felt like Walter Payton was in the room,” said Judy LeFevour. “Walter Payton has been his role model since he was five years-old and Danny used to watch Walter Payton highlight tapes instead of cartoons like all of the other five year-olds. It just feels like destiny.”
And although he wasn’t on the stage in New York at the draft, he was just fine in Naperville surrounded by the people most important to him–his family and friends. A plethora of family and friends joined the newest Bear at a cousin’s house in Naperville, enjoying plenty of food and drinks while watching the draft unfold.
And ESPN even joined the party. A camera crew waited for the pivotal moment and brought in the dual threat quarterback for an interview on national TV, with LeFevour wearing his Benet Redwings shirt.
But even with all the hoopla, cameras and joy of being close to home, now it’s all about getting to work and setting out to make the roster.
“It’s a great experience,” Dan LeFevour said. “But I’m trying to go to work just like them and earn a job. It’s a lot of fun but it’s just the beginning. I’m just looking forward to having a great start.”
And if this is just the beginning, one wonders how this journey is going to end.
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