Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for the Hawgs Sports Network. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas and previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was the 2022 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Stromberg blown away by shoutouts from NFL legends
Shoutouts to prospects from friends, teammates and coaches are fairly common around National Signing Day.
Shoutouts from Pro Football Hall of Famers aren't.
Newly signed Arkansas offensive lineman Ricky Stromberg, who played at Tulsa football power Union, has received three from legendary quarterbacks Warren Moon and John Elway as well as former Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs running back Marcus Allen since Tuesday.
"It’s pretty cool, but the only reason why is because my aunt used to cheer for the Oakland Raiders," Stromberg told WholeHogSports on Friday. "She knows Marcus Allen. I didn’t know she knew John Elway, but I guess she did. She sent some of my tape, they saw it, they liked it.
"Basically just my aunt knows people, so she was telling them about me and they gave me a shoutout after that, which is really cool."
Stromberg said he was blown away by the tweets, and since the first congratulatory message from Moon, friends have joked that he's now become famous. Since flipping his commitment from the University of Tulsa to Arkansas on Tuesday, it's been a whirlwind week, he said.
"It was awesome. It’s a shoutout from an NFL legend," Stromberg added. "It was really cool. I feel like I should screenshot the tweets and print them off or something.
"It was eye-opening and really cool."
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