The NFL has been a dream for Morgan Fox since he first picked up a football as a youngster, but as time went on, he realized how difficult fulfilling that dream would be.
Now Fox, who attended Fountain-Fort Carson High School, and played football at Division II CSU-Pueblo, has a shot to make it a reality. Following the 2016 draft, the defensive end was signed as a free agent by the Rams, who recently relocated to Los Angeles, and will attend training camp beginning for rookies July 27.
Fox, who is 6-foot-3 and 263 pounds, set a CSU-Pueblo record for sacks in a season with 17, and for his career with 36.
"He held our defense together," Thunderwolves coach John Wristen said. "He is a relentless player who plays every snap as hard as he can and has a knack for rushing the passer."
Fox recently participated in a Rams' minicamp with other rookies, drafted and undrafted, where he got the chance to learn plays and get his first taste of the NFL.
"It went really well," Fox said. "It was good to get some experience. I got a chance to get my feet wet and learn the playbook."
After coming out of a Division II school, Fox knows he is considered an long shot to make the team, but says he tries not to think about his chances of earning a roster spot.
"I know my chances are a bit more difficult coming from a small school, but I just keep my head down and control what I can control," he said. "I'm definitely not afraid of having to embrace this challenge, and I'm not afraid to be an underdog."
Wristen, who praised Fox's attitude and work ethic, doesn't think his former player is a long shot.
"He's smart and he knows how to play his role," Wristen said. "He's getting bigger and stronger. He has a lot of athletic ability.
"I think he is going to make the team."