Qadree Ollison spent the NFL Draft weekend with his family and friends at his home in Niagara Falls. The former Canisius High and University of Pittsburgh football standout knew he would learn his next destination, but he didn’t know when or where.
Saturday afternoon, Ollison, a running back, was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, with the 152nd pick.
“Being from Western New York and being a small-city kid, from Niagara Falls and going to the NFL, it means everything,” Ollison told the News. “It’s an honor to be a part of the NFL fraternity and I’m excited to get to work.”
Ollison is the only player from Western New York to be selected in the seven-round NFL Draft this year. Ollison is also the only player from Pitt to be drafted this year.
“It was amazing,” Ollison said of receiving the call that he was drafted from the Falcons. “Just pure emotion and exhilaration. It was surreal at that moment.”