Graduation day diary: Tully Janszen
Hey Longhorns fans,
Well, graduation day is here. It's very surreal I guess you could say. I really can't believe it's here. It's already been five years. I'm excited to embark on a new chapter in my life. Closing this one is exciting, and I really don't know how to explain the feeling. It seems like I'm in a dream. I haven't imagined myself actually going through the process of graduating and actually being here at this point. It seems like it's flown by, and I've loved every minute of it. It has been very enjoyable, and it's going to be a fun day.
My parents are here with me, and I know this is the proudest they've ever been. I know my mom has been tearing up over the past few days. We've been moving stuff out of my house, and it's emotional, but both my mom and day are really excited for me. My dad has been so proud of me with everything I've had to overcome here, and he's loved every minute of the whole football atmosphere. He's gotten a joy out of seeing me have success and being able to graduate and stay disciplined in school when it's been hard. It's something he's really loved.
Graduating also makes me think about my other family -- my Texas Football family. It's a family I'll always have. If I ever need anything, I know those coaches and my teammates would be there for me, just like I'd be there for them. Just the other day, I was talking to the coaches, and it's a camaraderie that you have that nobody can ever take from you. It's something I'm going to miss. With the home opener next year, watching the team run out of the smoke, knowing I was part of that for five years and being able to just sit back and watch it will be exciting. It will be a little teary at first, but in the end, I'll be rooting them on just like I do every day. That's what I love about that.
Now I can look forward to using my degree. I might get into coaching and teaching. I'd like to get into high school and be a defensive line coach or a special teams coach if I decide to do that and work my way up. Or, I could use the business part of my degree and get into the construction field and work my way up through that. I'm more familiar with that, because I've grown up in it. My uncle is a land developer and a contractor and is in construction, so I'd go into the business with him or one of his close friends. He's located in Dallas/Fort Worth and is actually a land developer, but he works in close relation with construction companies. I would probably work for one of them that is a smaller underground utilities construction company.
However, I also still have a dream of playing in the NFL. In fact, last night I got a call from the San Francisco 49ers, and I just talked to the coach this morning. Nothing is set in stone, but he talked about how they have some interest in me. They want to try to get me out there and see where I stand and see how they feel about me and just do an evaluation. We'll talk more later this weekend and early next week and hopefully get something set up. I know Coach Mac Duff has connections there, so it would be great for that to work out.
In the meantime, I have another fishing tournament tomorrow with Clint Haney. Hopefully we'll do better than we did last month, which was really slow. We caught a lot of fish, just really small ones. We're going to have to do pretty well in this tournament to get in the money. We have our game plan together. We're going to be fishing deep, and hopefully we'll pull in some big boys.
So that's it for now, but I want to thank everyone in and around the program and the fans for being so great over the past five years. It's something I'll always be able to remember and keep with me.