Source – Former UMass Dartmouth standout wide receiver Abiola Aborishade has been standing outside Gillette Stadium for the last month holding a sign asking the New England Patriots for a tryout.
Abiola arrives at 5:45AM to catch Belichick’s attention and stays until 7am just in time for him to go to his part time job at Enterprise. He returns shortly after 1PM to make his pitch.
He says Matthew Slater and James Develin wave when they drive past him. He says Jordan Richards, Rob Ninkovich and Malcolm Butler have stopped to talk. This past Thursday, Butler posted a photo of Aborishade to his Facebook, writing in the caption, “This is the attitude you must have if you really want something…#NEVERGIVEUP.”
“I honestly was thinking three things could happen from this. The first thing is that they see me so often that they get sick and tired of me,” Aborishade says. “So they almost give up, give into it, because I’m not giving in. So they give in and they say, ‘OK, let’s see what this kid can do.’ The second thing is the people who drive around here, who work around here see me so often that they almost say, ‘hey, we want to see what he can do.'”
“And the third thing is they just leave me out here,” he says, laughing.
A 6-foot, 194-pound slot receiver, Aborishade obliterated UMass Dartmouth’s single-season catch record when he hauled in 84 passes as a senior in 2014. He ranked fourth nationally with 9.3 receptions per game, and he finished his three-year career averaging 112 all-purpose yards per game. He spends much of Friday morning detailing why he played only three years, and why he ended up at UMass Dartmouth.