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Nomadic college career led Aaron Weaver to Kansas City

Posted Jul 5, 2012

Forced to transfer after Hofstra dropped its football program, Weaver was able to overcome multiple obstacles on his way to the NFL

#13 Aaron Weaver - Wide Receiver - Syracuse

Pre-KC:

Weaver transferred to Syracuse from Hofstra (NY) in 2010. In 2009, he ranked second in the Colonial Athletic Association in receptions and ninth in total yards. He had 70 receptions for 595 yards and four receiving touchdowns in 2008, and added two more rushing touchdowns. He led the team in receiving, punt return, kickoff return, and all-purpose yards.

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Two record-breaking performances highlighted Weaver’s three years at Hofstra. In 2009, he tallied 15 receptions for 191 yards in a receiving clinic against Massachusetts. One year earlier, Weaver shattered the school record for kickoff return yards in a single game on the road against New Hampshire with 254 yards on eight returns.

Chiefs Nation Should Know:

It only took one bad step to put Aaron Weaver’s playing career in limbo again.

There had been no contact at all during the play, a run-of-the-mill comeback route Weaver could run ninety-nine times without incident. But as the came out of his break, his plant foot stuck in the practice turf at Syracuse University’s Manley Field House and he felt a sudden, piercing pain in his knee.

“It was a regular route in a regular practice,” said Weaver, “But my foot got caught in the turf and as I tried to get out, I tore my ACL.”

Weaver’s injury was another setback in a setback-filled career. Prior to the 2010 season, Weaver was the leading receiver at Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y., but wasn’t afforded the opportunity to follow in the NFL footsteps of former Hofstra receivers Wayne Chrebet and Marques Colston.

But after 72 seasons, Hofstra cancelled its football program due to high costs and waning fan interest, leaving players scrambling to find new schools to attend if they wanted to keep playing.

“We started getting texts about an urgent team meeting,” remembered Weaver, a Long Island native. “All of us (players) assumed we were getting a new head coach or something. But as soon as we all sat in the team meeting room, we found out that it was something bigger.”

Weaver fit right in at Syracuse the following season. The NCAA didn’t require Hofstra players to sit out the 2010 season, and in turn, Weaver scored Syracuse’s first touchdown that year on a 23-yard touchdown catch.

The ACL tear ended Weaver’s hot start and started a grueling cycle of rehabilitation, though. He progressed slowly and couldn’t recover in time for the 2011 Draft. Instead, he set his sights on 2012.

After their first OTA practice, the Chiefs signed Weaver. And when he hit the field at the Chiefs Training Facility, the receiver said he was relieved to jumpstart his career again.

“It’s been a long process,” said Weaver. “When you look back at everything with the (Hofstra) program being dropped and then my injury, I’m just blessed to get another opportunity.”

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