Player skips last year of college football for life as NASCAR pit crew member

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Instead of getting ready for the NFL draft, Georgia Tech offensive tackle Eason Fromayan is getting ready for a sport where another kind of draft is equally important.

Fromayan is passing up a final year of college football eligibility to prepare himself to hopefully join a NASCAR team as a pit crew member.

The tale of Fromayan’s aspiration is recounted by ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson.

A lifelong Jeff Gordon fan, Fromayan will begin his NASCAR quest in earnest after playing in his last football game, next week’s TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, when the Yellow Jackets play Kentucky.

The 6-foot-4, 285 pound Fromayan knows he may have to start at the bottom – in one of NASCAR’s smaller series – but he’s dreaming big: his goal is to eventually make it to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, perhaps as a gas man or jack man.

“I guess it’s unusual to cut a career early like that, but I’m graduated and everything,” Fromayan told ESPN. “We can end it on a high note. You never know what can happen coming up, so if there’s an opportunity to better my situation, it seems right to take it.”

But if and when he makes it to NASCAR’s major league, Fromayan plans on saving the money he earns for an even loftier goal: he wants to drive in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona someday.

“It would be a heck of a story if it all works out,” Fromayan said.

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