FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Tyler Eifert played his college football two hours from home; now he will play pro football three hours from home.
Eifert, the former Bishop Dwenger star and Notre Dame All-American tight end, was picked 21st overall by the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
"Excited," Eifert says after National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell announced his name at New York's Radio Music City Hall on Thursday night. "They got an extremely talented group on offense. One of my Notre Dame teammates, Trevor Robinson, is there. So, it should be fun having him there."
Tyler Eifert Reacts To Draft By Bengals
Eifert watched the draft with family and friends at the family home north of Fort Wayne. Just before 11 p.m., Eifert answered a call from Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. Moments later, the Bengals made their selection known.
"My parents lost it," Eifert says. "I said, 'Let's have some composer here!' They said, 'You just got drafted! There's no composure here!'"
"He's going to make Cincinnati proud," Greg Eifert, Tyler's father, says. "I gave him a big hug today before everybody showed up; and I said, 'You know what, all the work's paid off.'"
Greg Eifert Reacts To Tyler Eifert's Draft By Bengals
Eifert heads to Cincinnati Friday to meet the Bengals staff and media. The family is ecstatic to have him within driving distance.
"We would have been happy wherever he went," Julie Eifert, Tyler's mother, says. "It just makes it really special that we will be able to go on Sundays, and see him play, and take the family."
"It was really cool to have all of our friends and family there," John Goodman, who played football with Eifert at Bishop Dwenger and Notre Dame says." "He came down the stairs with a look on his face that I've never seen on Tyler before."
Tyler Eifert On Sound Off
Fort Wayne has watched Eifert grow to this moment. From his days as a Saint on Friday nights, to blossoming into one of the best tight ends in college football. It's a day many have seen for years that came to fruition Thursday night.
Tyler Eifert Pre-Draft Interview
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