By Jay Skurski
For a football player coming from an Ivy League school, "there's a positive and negative stigma," says Akron's J.C. Tretter, a Cornell senior. "You have the regular small-school stigma, but then you have the intelligence stigma, which isn't a bad one. The smarter you are in this game, the more you understand, the better you're going to be able to play.
"I don't let it affect me. You do what you can, your film's out there. Your film's your history now. That's what you are and that's what the scouts see. Now you've just got to control what you can control in the present and you just go from there.
Tretter did just that over the weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“A lot of people expect you to not be at the same quality strength-wise, speed-wise,” he said. “I was talking to the guys at the bench press, and they were saying no one really knows about the kid from Cornell who got up there. They said everybody was kind of like, ‘is this kid going to be able to bench at all? What exactly is he going to be able to do?’
“You go through those stereotypes, but as long as you're confident in yourself and you just go out and show what you can do, that's really what the scouts and the GMs and the coaches are looking for. I’m extremely confident in my abilities.”
Tretter, who returned to Cornell on Sunday, said he met with “17 or 18” teams at the combine, including the Bills in an informal interview.