Small town Texan native is out to continue to prove his detractors wrong

by Matthew Brice

Too short, too small, and not a big enough arm. Case Keenum has heard it all when critics have said that he doesn’t have what it takes to succeed as a quarterback. Now he gets another shot at continuing to prove his detractors wrong, as he takes the field this coming Monday night as the starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams.

A 5 year veteran from the University of Houston, Keenum came into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2012.  The 2012 draft class is the same one that also produced Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, as well as Nick Foles, who also took the field as the trigger man for the then St. Louis Rams, last season.  Coming in behind the former names mentioned, Keenum has had to work his way up the ladder and turn some doubters into believers.  Starting out on the practice squad for the Houston Texans, Keenum was added to the 53 man roster in 2013, where he made his first career start against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 7.  It was a very good debut for the undersized overachiever but, I’m sure that he would’ve traded his individual performance for a win (Chiefs won 17-16). Keenum played solid overall as a starter but, the Texans as a whole were 0-8 with him at the helm. This, along with Gary Kubiak being fired, played a role in Keenum being cut, as the Texans decided to bring in new blood after the 2013 season.  Since then, Keenum has had a stint with the St. Louis Rams, been cut by the Rams and ended up back in Houston with the Texans, and then traded back to the Rams for a 7th round pick.  It can be said that Keenum’s career has been more suited for a game of musical chairs but he has remained confident in who he is, and his abilities.

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Some are still shocked that Keenum is still around. However, to most that have known him, they aren’t surprised.

Born in Brownwood, Texas to Steve and Susan Keenum, and raised in Abilene, Keenum is one of the most recognized names around the state.  He lettered in 3 varsity sports, starting in his sophomore year at Abilene Wylie High School. An all district performer in basketball, and an all state performer in football and track & field, Keenum is one of the finest athletes to ever grace the gridiron in a state that lives and breathes football.  That says a lot, considering that Eric Dickerson, Earl Campbell, Adrian Peterson and Mean Joe Greene, are all Texas high school football alumni and royalty.  But due to his size and coming from the spread offense at the University of Houston, most don’t believe that Keenum is up to the task.  So far, his work ethic, student mentality, and will to be successful, is what has kept him around.  This same persona, is also why Gary Kubiak took a chance on him in the first place.

My message to Case; remain a student, and stay humble.  Whether it’s football, or life in general, everyday is an interview.

Good luck!

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