For Danny Etling, the halls of St. Patrick’s School mark the starting place of a dream.
“It was my first place I really fell in love with sports and got my foundation to build upon for my whole entire life,” said Etling.
Etling attended St. Pat’s in Terre Haute for nine years. He was part of the school’s 2009 CYO State Championship team in basketball, and around that time, he also picked up another sport – football.
Now, the Terre Haute South graduate and former LSU quarterback is waiting for the call of a lifetime from an NFL team telling him he’s been drafted.
“It would be incredible, no matter what,” said Etling. “Just to hear that opportunity ring, and to know that you’ve continued to prove yourself every place you go.”
And one the eve of this possibly life-changing call, he chose to spend the afternoon speaking with kids at his childhood school.
Etling shared with students the importance of perseverance and faith, values that showcase Etling’s upbringing at St. Pat’s.
“He captures the heart of what we’re about here at St. Patrick’s,” said Etling. “And that is, you rely a lot on your faith, and it’ll get you far, and he has modeled that in so many ways.”
And Etling says that regardless of where his future takes him, he’ll be bringing his Wabash Valley roots with him.
“I’m really excited for that next step,” said Etling. “Where I can bring that attitude that Terre Haute gave me, that St. Pat’s gave me, where I can go and make things work.”
When asked, Etling told students he would be happy being drafted to any team, although he did grow up as an Indianapolis Colts fan.