When the Green Bay Packers training camp begins on July 25, former Simon Gratz and West Chester University football standout Nydair Rouse will be ready to play.
Rouse, a 5-foot-11, 188-pound defensive back, is looking forward to competing for a spot on the Packers’ roster in training camp. Rouse, an undrafted free agent, signed with the Packers on May 3.
“I’m ecstatic,” Rouse said. “I’m pretty happy about that. I know their history of football. ... It’s great.”
Last year, Rouse helped the Golden Rams to their first undefeated regular season since 1967. West Chester captured the Eastern Division of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and then won its first outright PSAC title since 1971. The Golden Rams lost to New Haven in the Division II playoffs, finishing with a 10-1 record.
Rouse played four seasons for West Chester University. A year ago, he had 19 total and 18 solo tackles with three interceptions and five breakups. In 2016, he returned three interceptions for touchdowns. He completed his college career with 78 total tackles and eight interceptions.
Rouse feels his PSAC and Villanova Pro Day efforts were a big factor in signing with the Packers.
“Basically, I performed real well in my two Pro Days,” Rouse said. “They showed a lot of interest. They gave me an opportunity.”
With training camp a little more than two weeks away, Rouse has been working out on a regular basis.
“Ever since mini camp and OTAs [offseason training activities], I’ve just been around basically training every day,” he said. “I’m trying to eat right and stay healthy and spend a lot of time with my family and loved ones because I won’t get that time, I’ll be locked in when I get back up there in Green Bay, Wisconsin.”
Rouse was a brilliant football player at Simon Gratz. He played wide receiver and defensive back for the Bulldogs. The former Public League star has a chance to join other local players like Will Parks (Denver Broncos, Germantown), DJ Moore (Carolina Panthers, Imhotep Charter), Jihad Ward (Indianapolis Colts, Bok Tech) and Earl Watford (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Simon Gratz) who have made it to the NFL. Rouse is getting a lot of support from his family and friends.
“Everyone is pretty happy for me,” Rouse said. “A lot of people have been saying I deserve it from all the hard work. I’ve had a lot of good responses from a lot of people in the city rooting for me and cheering for me to make the team.”