One Gigantic LongshotJuly 2nd, 2014
Monstrous fullback Jorvorskie Lane was busy catching passes with the first team.
The guy checks in at 5-11 and somewhere around 270 pounds, a motivated manbeast who hasn’t cast aside his NFL dreams since coming undrafted out of Texas A&M in 2009. Lane’s lone NFL action came in 2012 with the Dolphins. He was out of football last year — again.
This guy just won’t mail it in. He’s a longshot, but there’s something special about Lane. Joe can’t quite put a finger on it, but even when Lane catches a ball in practice, there’s an extra buzz along the Bucs’ offensive sidelines, an extra cheer from teammates, a little bit of Love for the giant fire hydrant in the room.
Joe found an interview Lane gave when he was hoping to lead the Arena ball team in Orlando to a championship. Here’s an excerpt:
Q: How have you been preparing for the 2012 Arena Football League season?
Jorvorskie Lane: I have been training in MMA for about a year. I am in tiptop shape and ready to play some football.
Q: What MMA drills help with your football game?
JL: A lot of MMA skills relate to football. A lot of body weight drills are performed, you throw and lift 300-pound tires, and it is a lot of hand eye coordination and footwork. Football is going to be the easy part.
Q: What are you planning on bringing to this Predators team?
JL: I am planning on bringing a championship to Orlando. That is one of my main goals. I have competed for the Big 12 and now I am ready to step it up and compete in the AFL.
Q: In 2009 your dream of making an NFL team was cut short. How has this experience affected you?
JL: It motivated me big time. I could have easily drowned, but I chose to fight for it. I learned that no matter what you want in life, all you need to do is continue to fight for it.
Q: With a nickname like “J-Train” and being compared to Jerome Bettis, what are you like outside of football?
JL: A lot of people see my style of play with running the ball and running people over, but I am not a tough guy. I love to play football and win. I’ll do whatever it takes to win.
A couple of things stand out.
First, Imagine Lane in the MMA ring. Sheesh. But then he goes on and says he’s not “a tough guy.” So clearly he was just going through the MMA workouts that have become so popular.
Also noteworthy is that Lane never played for the Orlando Predators. Joe can’t confirm it, but apparently Lane quit before he started. So much for the championship he sought.
Regardless, Lane is a guy to watching in Bucs training camp. If the Bucs keep a fullback, then Lane seems to be the lead dog, ahead of former Florida State bruiser and Greg Schiano man Lonnie Pryor. Also, if the Bucs keep a fullback, that further tightens the competition on the running backs depth chart. Few teams keep more than three RBs and a fullback like Lane who can run the ball in a pinch.