Former West Virginia Wesleyan star quarterback Adam Neugebauer is now a professional athlete and got to experience his first Indoor Football League game on Friday. Neugebauer is the backup quarterback for the Green Bay Blizzard, an Indoor Football League team. The Pittsburgh native didn't see any playing time but he did take in a lot of experience.
Neugebauer said he's still adjusting to the differences, like field size, and he's also learning the offense but the coach of the Green Bay Blizzard told him he should see some snaps this Saturday during the Blizzard's next game. The Blizzard's coach has told Neugebauer he's a good quarterback but needs to work on skills he'll have to use in indoor football like throwing quicker passes because of the smaller field.
The Blizzard already has a quarterback. He's pretty good according to Neugebauer and the starting quarterback is acting like a mentor to the former Bobcat. It's been years since Neugebauer wasn't the starting quarterback but he doesn't mind working his way up.
"You know, I've been an underdog before," said Neugebauer. "When I came to Wesleyan I came in with, I believe, eight quarterbacks freshman year. So, I had to start from the bottom and work my way up and that's what I've got to do all over again. It's the same thing when you get into the real life society, trying to find a job, you've got to start at the bottom and work your way up. You have to understand that and keep working and hopefully in the end it will pay off."
Neugebauer joins former teammate Shannon Breen in Green Bay and the Pittsburgh native said Breen actually helped him get on with the team. Neugebauer admits, the IFL is a whole different ball game.
"It's very fast, very different. It's a lot condensed, a lot more condensed. There's a lot different rules that occur," said Neugebauer. "At the same time, you're getting experience and competition against top of the line athletes. You're playing against, I mean, I'll get to play against Division I players and some players that were in the NFL, just to see how I can handle that and compete with them so it's definitely helping me out a lot."