CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The name Will Grier is a familiar one for football fan’s in this area - Grier spent his high school days playing quarterback for his father Chad Grier’s squad at Davidson Day, where the duo made their own history.
“A lot of memories, a lot of ups and downs. You know we won 3 state championships, which was a lot of fun. Played against a lot of good teams, a lot of good programs," Grier said. "As I look back, and just kinda relish in good memories with my teammates and my dad.”
And while reliving those good memories is something the Griers continue to do, their relationship has taken a new direction.
“The conversation is probably a lot different than it was when I was in high school and he was more so my coach and trying to stay on me to win football games and now it’s just really appreciating where we are, grateful for where we are and just enjoying our relationship,” Grier said.
Where they currently are is getting ready for the 2019 NFL Draft - a lifelong dream of Will’s. He has had numerous meetings with various NFL teams, and while he knows where he ultimately ends up is out of his hands, there has been one meeting that’s stuck out to him the most, the one with this home team the Carolina Panthers.
“It would mean a lot. I think everybody has a special place in their heart for their home team wherever that is just because it’s home," Grier said. "I grew up in this area, I grew up going and watching Panthers games when Jake Delhomme and Steve Smith were scoring points for us and going to the Super Bowl so it would be cool to obviously come back here, live in the area be around kinda where I grew up, but it’s out of my control so we’ll see what happens.”
Grier will continue to train in the Charlotte area until the NFL Draft begins, but when he does hear his name called he will take a moment to reflect and then be ready to put on the cleats and get to work.
“It’s a long time coming. You’ve worked a lot and you’ve worked very hard to get to this point in your life, but at the same time this is just the beginning and I think everybody kind of realizes that - you get drafted and it’s all good and well and then you go to rookie mini-camp in a week so you’ve got to shift your mindset and get ready to go and go perform because nothing matters until you go perform,” Grier said. "I’ll be happy, extremely happy, appreciative, grateful like I am every day now, but I will be more so ready to go and get started with my new team.”