Two Norwalk natives are hoping for one big call from an NFL team this week.
"Definitely anxious just to see where our names will be called. I'm anxious for him [referring to longtime friend Kevin Pierre-Louis] as much as myself. Anxiety is definitely kicking in a little bit but it is all exciting," said Silas Redd, who played for Penn State before transferring to the University of Southern California.
Silas Redd & Kevin Pierre-Louis both played in Norwalk Youth Football programs and for King Low Heywood Thomas in Stamford. Now their professional dreams are just a phone call away.
"We didn't know each other prior to playing pop warner, but I remember my father would video tape every practice, every game and there was one particular practice where we had to run laps around All Saints track. You just see Silas and I together, in front of the whole pack and we're just having fun, having a blast laughing. I never really knew where our friendship started and I could tell that was definitely the start of a great friendship," said Kevin Pierre-Louis, who was named the Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year in 2009-2010 before playing and starting all four years as a linebacker at Boston College.
Hours before the start of the NFL draft, Redd and Pierre-Louis were honored at Norwalk City Hall.
"They are truly truly role models for the young people in this community to look up to and to say, who you what, I can excel, I can achieve," said Mayor Harry Rilling.
"Football is a sport that can teach you about life and adversity is something that you are going to face in life. You can't have success without a little bit of pain through the process. We have been able to excel from that. Getting back to everyone else in Norwalk, we have to show them how to overcome adversity and get in positions like us. It may be football, or another sport or academics," added Pierre-Louis.
"My father once told me that there is a price to pay for success and it's called hard work. If you dream you can achieve and never give up on what you believe and you will make it,"said Redd.