"All my life, I’ve been a hard worker," Abrom said. "My brother Nate, he always told me, ‘I believe in you. No matter what, you’re going to play professional football somewhere.’ "
Coming from a series of small schools, it’s been a dream clouded by reality.
To this day, Abrom hasn’t settled into a specific position. He played youth football in the same league in Fort Wayne, Ind., as NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson and Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard. He grew up playing all three linebacker positions and also was a big, strong cornerback — one who could bench press 300 pounds by the time he was a high school sophomore.
At Paul Harding High under head coach Sherwood Haydock, Abrom thrived at middle linebacker, particularly during his senior season, when he helped the Hawks win their only Class 2A state championship.