Slingin it with QB Velocity #1: Dallas Cowboys Tight End Sean McKeon
Updated: Apr 6, 2021
For our Season 3 Premiere of Slingin’ It With QB Velocity, we got the chance to speak with current Dallas Cowboys Tight End Sean McKeon.
Sean was an undrafted free agent out of Michigan, signing with the Cowboys following the 2020 NFL Draft. He made the Cowboys’ final roster to start the 2020 season, ultimately being the third string Tight End for the team as a rookie.
We got to talk to Sean about his passion for the game, what led him to football, choosing Michigan, and how it all led to him making the NFL.
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When did you start playing football and what drew you to it?
Honestly its starts when I’m really young, playing the first year that they would let you. I think I was seven years old; I just remember playing Pee Wee football in Charlton and Dudley, every year as a kid.
It was all I really wanted to do was dreaming about being in the NFL from a young age. It became more of a reality when I got to high school and I hit my growth spurt, got a little bigger.
Yeah, definitely from a young age but probable realized it in High School.
Was there anyone you looked up to?
Yeah, I would say I played running back growing up, I was a lot shorter, I played running back in Pee Wee. And I definitely watched the Patriots all the time, I liked their running backs, I remember a couple of the old guys.
I remember Joseph Addai on the Colts, remember watching him and Barry Sanders and those guys on the Lions. Those were kind of my idols as a little kid.
I think more in high school the tight ends like Gronk and Aaron Hernandez when he was playing. He was a good tight end and being in New England watching those guys.
What’s some advice you would give to your younger self knowing what you know now?
That’s a good question. I would say is just listen to my parents more. They would always be the ones trying wake me up to go work out, go do whatever, it was a struggle. But eventually I ended up listened to them, it just took a while.
What was it like growing up in Mass and getting your name out there?
Yeah, it's definitely tough you know Massachusetts isn’t the biggest football state in the country. But you know I just went to every prospect camp, that I could, made my highlight tape of every high school game I played and scrimmage.
Just sending it out to coaches or guys who ran recruiting and looked at that sort those kinds of stuff. Really you just have to do it all and hope someone notices you.
Talk about the advice you would give to a high school kid going through the recruiting process?
I would say just use your resources use your high school coach. Talk to him, have him make a highlight tape, send it to him and send it out to other college coaches. Just try to get your name out there and hope the right person sees it and be interested.
What made you choose Michigan?
I would say I fell in love with the school, it was Jim Harbaugh's first year there And that was definitely a big factor. He has a reputation of using a lot of tight ends in his offense, so I definitely like that.
You know just once I kind of set foot on campus I just kind of felt like it was my home personally, so I think all that definitely factored in for sure.
What was your mentality once you got to campus? As a competitor you going to be able to play right away so it was kind of your mentality when you got you got to campus?
I mean I knew I was I was undersized I was small; it was a big jump for me from going from high school to college at first so really, I just focus on grinding in the weight room.