ST. PAUL — Elliott Vang, 34, of St. Paul, will have a chance to prove he has what it takes to compete in the National Football League on Friday when he trys out at the NFL Regional Combine in Seattle.
Elliott was accepted to participate in this year’s Regional Combine as a kicker. He and about 300 other athletes will be evaluated by NFL coaches and scouts. His kicking distance and accuracy will be put to the test and he will interview with league executives.
There are 50 Regional Combine participants on NFL rosters, including 30 on active rosters. In 2013, there were 10 combine players suited up on opening day on the roster, and six of them saw action, according to the NFL.
“I understand my odds, but how many of us actually pursue our dreams?” asks Elliott. “If everyone was too afraid to go after their dreams, my parents would have never taken the chance to come to America to plant the seed with hope of a better life for their children. Regardless of the outcome at the combine, I am going to honor my parent’s sacrifices and sow the seeds for my children and the Hmong community as a whole.”
Elliott is one of nine children of Hmong immigrants from Laos. He was born and raised in St. Paul and attended Highland Park High School, and graduated from Concordia University.
Married and a father of two, Elliott is a football coach at Highland Park High School when he is not working as a medical interpreter.