Since 2010, NFL cornerback Marcus Sherels has played on a season-by-season basis. Each summer that Sherels makes it through the Vikings training camp and onto the roster, it is a small victory for the 26-year-old.
This season is a different story.
Sherels proves first-hand that hard work and determination will go a long way in this league. As stated in an earlier VT posting, Sherels found himself signing a multi-year contract with the Vikes. Sherels was a restricted free agent at the time—he was also the first FA Minnesota signed. The new deal will give him $2.2 million over the next two seasons, including a $300,000 signing bonus.
A native of Minnesota, Sherels attended John Marshall High School in Rochester. He then went on to play for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, earning a scholarship after initially joining the football program as a walk on.
Sherels did not find an easy path to the NFL. In fact, he went undrafted in 2010. Minnesota signed him to the practice squad during the 2010 preseason but cut him before the end of the month to make room for tight end John Nalbone. On October 13, however, Sherels was re-signed to the practice squad and Nalbone released.