The quarterback will make his NFL debut against the Cardinals with Los Angeles fighting for his postseason ticket
Although John Wolford has always believed he can be an NFL quarterback, few had come to the same conclusion after observing his performance in his first three seasons with Wake Forest University.
So he started working at an investment firm over the summer and applied for a job in the finance industry, where he would work once he graduated.
Later, Wolford had an outstanding campaign with the Demon Deacons. Still, he was not drafted.
He was three days away from starting his career in a banking company when the New York Jets offered him the opportunity to audition.
So he put off his plans to work on Wall Street and began his professional sports career. On Sunday, he will have control of the attack of the Los Angeles Rams (9-6), whom he will try to lead to the playoffs, no less than in his debut in the NFL.
“You can only play football at a certain stage,” Wolford said. “I can go back to desk work later in my life. I said to myself, ‘I’m going to try a year, I’m going to give everything I have.’ And it all worked.”
Clearly, Wolford knows how to work with numbers and risk assessment. And he really feels the possibility of a six-foot-one-inch quarterback to be successful in these challenging circumstances.
You know the investment you have made in yourself, and you are determined that it will pay off.
“The journey has been fun to get to this point,” he said. “There has been hard work, and I am confident in the time I have put in to get here, as well as in my abilities as a player.”
Wolford has been on the Rams’ roster for the past 31 games, but will receive a cross for the first time in an NFL campaign. On Sunday, the Rams host the Arizona Cardinals (8-7) at SoFi Stadium.
Los Angeles (9-6) needs a win of their own or a loss from the Chicago Bears to advance to the postseason. But they will undertake their mission without Jared Goff, their starting quarterback for the past four and a half seasons.
Goff underwent surgery on his thumb on Monday. You will not be able to play for at least another week.
That means the Rams must trust Wolford against the Cardinals, who need a win to get their own playoff berth.