Wichita South grad plays first NFL game

KANSAS CITY, MO. (KWCH) -- It's been a long journey toward Kyle Wilson's first NFL game.

The rookie linebacker was an undrafted free agent following his 2018 graduation from Arkansas State. Wilson was invited to the Philadelphia Eagles training camp, but was cut before the 52-man roster was finalized.

Throughout the season, the Eagles faced plenty of injuries to its depleted defense, and Kyle was invited back to the Philadelphia practice squad. However, he was never called up to the show.

His phone rang this November. The Los Angeles Chargers were on the other end, and invited him to join their practice squad. It would only take one more month before he was activated.

Wilson played his first NFL game against his hometown Kansas City Chiefs Thursday night, and recorded a tackle at a key moment in the third quarter on a 30-yard kick return.

"I feel great being out there with the team, getting that W in a close situation, just ready to continue my journey," he said after the game.

Wilson's journey began at Wichita South High School, where he played alongside current Bengals defensive back Davontae Harris.

"We actually played the Bengals last week, so we had a chance to chat it up and it was great to see a familiar face out there."

Wilson and Harris represent just two players of a rich history of Wichita football. He said the two of them owe a lot to the pro players before him.

"It's great, great for the city, great for kids younger than us, people that are older than us, people that have been supporting us along the way."

While his journey is just beginning, Wilson has turned a page and breathe a sigh of relief. He said he never doubted the process, and would tell all future prospects to do the same.

"Don't stop, don't let anyone tell you we can't do this, because I swear we can do this. As much as we want to, we can do it."

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