Former MU QB Mauk still chasing his dream of playing in the NFL

FILE -- Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk scrambles for an opening during the first half of a game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

JEFFERSON CITY --- Maty Mauk ... remember him?

The guy who has his own chapter in Missouri's book of It was the best of times, it was the worst of times?

Well, in case you were wondering, he's doing just fine, thanks. And he's still chasing the dream --- a dream he's had since he was 6 years-old, if not longer.

"I remember like it was yesterday," Mauk said, "sitting in first grade in Miss Franklin's class and she asks --- 'What do you want to be when you're older?' Everybody is putting down what they want to be and I put: 'Play in the NFL.'

"It's always been my dream."

And still is. Don't laugh --- this isn't like selling ice to an Eskimo or a bag of sand to an Iraqi, this could happen.

Have you watched an NFL game in recent years? We're not talking about games involving Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. There are a lot of really lousy quarterbacks out there and Mauk --- if nothing else --- has proven he can be a lot better than lousy.

"Teams need quarterbacks right now, so I think it's the perfect opportunity," Mauk said. "I just want a chance with somebody, because I really feel like I can open some eyes and let them see what I'm capable of doing."

Mauk sat down for a one-on-one conversation Tuesday at his current place of employment in Jefferson City, with Reid Millard and Millard Family Chapels. The two have been friends for many years, ties that go back to Millard's roots in Ohio where Mauk also grew up.

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