O’Gorman Alum Cedrick Lang Takes Improbable Path To Minnesota Vikings
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EAGAN, MN — Cedrick Lang knows how long the odds are of making an NFL roster.
“I’m definitely finding that out. It’s part of the process. Some guys get cut four or five times before they stick with a team and you bounce around and it’s not easy on your family, but it’s a process.” Lang says.
When you realize just how improbable it is that the former O’Gorman basketball star is in Vikings training camp at all, you can see how Lang is optimistic.
“Yeah I played my freshman year (of football) and I got hurt my sophomore year so that’s when I was done. Honestly in high school I wasn’t planning on playing football much longer. My love was in basketball and I had some opportunities with that. So I just ran with it.” Lang says.
Cedrick went on to play basketball at the University of Texas-El Paso, scoring just under a thousand points in his four year career.
It was in his final year when his future, and family, started turning him back to football.
“At the time I was deciding on whether to play overseas in basketball or the football staff gave me an opportunity to play. At the time my daughter was about to be born, so I decided lets stick around. My coach approached me with it (and said) you could be at the next level. So that’s what we ran with.” Cedrick says.
After 11 catches, for 72 yards and a score in his senior year, Cedrick spent last year’s training camp with the Denver Broncos. After being cut he signed a deal with the Vikings, bonding with Augustana alum CJ Ham.
“He had a year under his belt when I got here so he kind of took me in and showed me a few things around here. Made me feel comfortable.” Lang says.
While transitioning to an offensive line which features fellow South Dakotan Riley Reiff and USD alum Tom Compton.
“Ced is a specimen. He’s a big guy. I think if he just works on the little things, the footwork, the lanes for his feet and everything, I think Ced can be a helluva player.” Compton says.
There’s still a long way to go before Cedrick’s journey reaches the field on NFL Sunday.
“I just want to show everyone that I can play. I may not have the experience but I’m definitely a sponge and I’m learning every day.” Lang says.
As far as he’s come, there’s reason to believe it could happen.