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Posted: Thursday, November 2, 2017 11:40 am | Updated: 12:26 pm, Thu Nov 2, 2017.

“You have to be mentally focused and locked in every single snap,” said former

A-State defensive end Chris Odom during a recent return visit to campus.

“Make sure you constantly work hard because nothing is given and don’t take anything for granted,” he said.

There are about 73,000 active football players in the National Collegiate Athletic

Association (NCAA) and each of them has aspirations of making it to the NFL. Unfortunately, only 1.9 percent of these athletes will have this dream become a reality.

Odom beat the odds by making it the NFL.

“I just needed to believe in myself and that’s all I need until this day. I can do anything I put my mind to,” Odom said.

A study conducted by the NCAA showed that a sliming 3.9 percent of draft-eligible Division 1 players were chosen in the 2017 NFL draft. Additionally, it was estimated that only 6.7 percent of the Football Bowl Subdivision players were to be drafted by one of these 32 professional teams.

“I knew after my junior year the picture was fading, I didn’t like that,” Odom said. “When my senior year arrived, I finally got the opportunity after being third depth chart and after one scrimmage, I earned a starting position, I was given an opportunity and I made the best of it.”

At 6-foot-4-inches tall, Odom obtained 12.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for losses concluding his senior season at Arkansas State.

The Arlington Texas native was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an Undrafted

Free Agent in May, where he recorded 17 individual tackles, two sacks and a pass deflection over a four-game span of the NFL preseason.

After the NFL preseason, Odom was released by the Falcons, but soon was added to the Green Bay Packers’ 53-man roster.

“Various guys have been helpful to me during this process -- my position coach Winston Moss, Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Ahmad Brooks, and all of the guys are at least six years vested into the league and have helped me with whatever I needed, if I have a question about something, they answer it from a different perspective.”

The Packers sit at 4-3 on the season through seven games of action.

The 262-pound rookie has recorded two tackles this season.

Finally, Odom said, “Just make sure you constantly work hard. I had to do a lot of work to get to this point and I definitely wouldn’t change my work ethic.”

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