April 29, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Bobby Abare '09, the most decorated defensive player in Yale Football history, has a chance to live a dream next week in Kansas City, Mo. The All-America linebacker has been invited to the 2009 Kansas City Chiefs' Rookie Mini-Camp.
The Chiefs and new head coach Todd Haley have Abare and other free-agents trying to make the 53-man roster at the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex next to Arrowhead Stadium. The mini-camp is likely to happen next Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The camp is an opportunity for undrafted collegians and other players without a team to show enough promise to be invited back for the start of summer camp.
"I view this as a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am very excited about the chance to go play football at the highest level and want to take full advantage of the opportunity given to me," said Abare, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Bulldog. "Words can't express how excited I am for this tryout."
Abare was named 2009 All-America by four different organizations after finishing off his collegiate career last November. He owns the school records for interceptions by a linebacker (10) and touchdowns by a defensive player (4). Abare, a three-time first-team All-Ivy pick, led the Blue in tackles the last three falls while his teams went 23-7 and captured a 2006 Ivy League title. He and his twin brother, Larry, started on defense together the last three seasons. Larry, who has a medical hardship that allows him to compete next fall, missed most of the 2007 campaign with an injury.
Bobby, who shared the Bulger Lowe Award as New England MVP in 2008, led Yale to a second straight year with the nation's top scoring defense. The Bulldogs allowed just over 10 points per game last fall during a 6-4 campaign. He was a finalist for the 2008 Buck Buchanan Award as the top FCS defensive player.
"I grew up loving football and adoring players like Drew Bledsoe, Ben Coates and other Patriot greats. To be going to try out for the Chiefs is a dream come true. Being out on the football field is what comes most naturally to me, and I am grateful for the opportunity," said the inspirational former Yale captain who will likely try to make the KC squad as a linebacker and special teams player.
Release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director
Video interview with Bobby Abare prior to the Yale Football Spring Scrimmage Apr. 25: