Editor’s Note: Terrence Fede completed his final season with the Marist football team in 2013. The PFL Defensive Player of the Year and Marist's single-season and career record holder for sacks, Fede is hoping to become to the first Red Fox in program history to be selected in the NFL Draft, which concludes on Saturday.
It’s the weekend of NFL Draft and Marist graduate Terrence Fede is feeling at ease.
“I’ve done everything the scouts have asked me to do over the past two seasons and up to this point,” Fede said. “I have no doubt in my mind that I will be rewarded for my hard work.”
At 6-foot-4 and 276 pounds, Fede has the measurements and intangibles that have caught the eyes of scouts and earned him his workouts with the New York Giants and New York Jets, and visits with the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. In March, he attended pro days at University at Buffalo and Marist. According to optimumscouting.com, he posted numbers of a mid 4.7 40-yard dash, put up 25 reps at the bench, a 9’11’’ broad jump, a 7.02 3-cone and a low 4.4 in the shuttle.
Fede has been in contact with the majority of the NFL teams regarding his draft projections so that he will be ready if and when the time comes.
At his April 10 workout with the New York Giants, Fede did an individual workout consisting of several drills for the coaches.
“It was amazing to step into the facility,” Fede said. It felt right. It felt like I belonged.”
The following week Fede returned to New Jersey for a workout with the New York Jets. Like the week before, Fede did a workout consisting of several drills for the coaches. According to Fede, this workout had a different feel.
“When I met with the Giants the players weren’t around when I was in the locker rooms,” Fede said. “After I worked out with the Jets, I was able to meet some of the players. They are some down-to-earth guys. I can see myself fitting in with this team.”
Less than a week later on April 22, Fede visited the Miami Dolphins. He met with the organization and its players. Fellow alum Michael Rios, who recently signed a one-year free-agent deal with the Dolphins, was in attendance to greet Fede. Rios is the first Marist football player to sign a contract with a National Football League team after previously signing a rookie free-agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals after the 2013 draft. Rios was let go by the Cardinals after suffering a foot injury.
“The interest is mutual here and I know that I can compete for a spot and playing time if drafted,” Fede said. “Playing alongside a former teammate would be a plus not to mention how beautiful the city is.”
To round up his trips, Fede visited the Cincinnati Bengals two days later on April 24. Once again he met with the organization and its players. Speaking on his conversation with Head Coach Marvin Lewis Fede said, “He is very serious like (New York Giants head coach Tom) Coughlin. He is in control of his team.”
During the NFL Draft, Fede will be watching from his home in Nyack, New York with a small gathering of friends and family.
“I want to keep it small, just friends and family,” Fede said. “These are some of the people who have played a part in grooming me into the person that I am today and I would like to enjoy this moment of my life with them.”
Stay tuned toward the later portion of the draft on May 10, when Fede may become the program’s first player drafted into the National Football League. He has a message for those who have helped him through his journey.
“I would like to thank everyone for all the support I’ve been given,” Fede said. “This transition has been very tough and your kind words and support have given me that extra push toward achieving my dreams. I appreciate it all.”