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December 23, 2012There was a familiar face among the Rutgers football team today when the Scarlet Knights arrived at their hotel in Orlando, Fla. Cocoa, Fla., native and former Scarlet Knight David Rowe was all smiles when he met up with his former teammates this afternoon.
Rowe finished up his RU career last season and despite the prospects of him getting selected in the the 2012 NFL Draft, he decided to hang up his cleats.
One year later, Rowe has the itch to return to the gridiron.
"I just miss it. You don't think you will until you're out for two months, but then you do," Rowe said.
Rowe, who played both safety and cornerback at Rutgers, was able to watch his former teammates this past season from his hometown of Cocoa and looked on with a different perspective.
"I was a fan, just like being a fan for Cocoa High the four years after I graduated. It was the same feeling," Rowe said.
But it was a different story when it came to watching football on Sundays.
"I couldn't watch any NFL games," Rowe said. "I tried to watch a few Bucs games, but I couldn't do it especially with some of the injuries and some of the people playing in the secondary for them."
That led Rowe to set his sights on the NFL as he has been training six days a week and will participate in Rutgers' upcoming Pro Day this spring.
"I've been doing a lot, just trying to get stronger," Rowe said. "And probably in these next three months, I'll work on my explosiveness. The main thing for me was just getting stronger and doing a lot of yoga to try and help my back out."
Rowe tried his hand at high school coaching earlier this year, but decided to put that career on the back burner.
"I'll definitely get back into if this doesn't work out," said the 195-pound Rowe, who projects as as a safety in the NFL. "I'll try and reach out to my contacts and see what happens."
After last season, Rowe could have very well been drafted had he opted to pursue an NFL career.
"I wanted to see his forty time, the long-range speed," said draft analyst Shane Hallam of DraftCountdown.com. "I had him as a seventh round/priority free agent, kind of a borderline draftable prospect. He can make plays in the secondary."
In preparation for his time in front of NFL scouts at Rutgers' Pro Day, Rowe will continue to train right near his home of Cocoa.
"I'm going to train down here," he said. "There is an NFL guy down here, James Folston, he played in the league for eight years so he knows his stuff."