The former Utah State running back is brimming with excitement after getting the chance to join the Chiefs. Less than two years ago, it seemed like an unlikely prospect.
Injuries hampered DeMartino's early years at Utah State, but he eventually caught on first as a special teams whiz, then last season as the featured back in the offense. He ran for 1,221 yards and 13 touchdowns, winning offensive MVP in the Poinsettia Bowl victory for Utah State.
The dream has only continued with the chance to play in the NFL. DeMartino said the attitude adjustment he made at Utah State will come in handy down the road.
"I changed my work ethich pretty good," he said. "It's all about the focus, the grind. You have to treat it like someone keeps coming after your spot."
DeMartino said he celebrated draft day at home, eating pizza with family and a few close friends. He got a call from the Chiefs about 15 minutes after the draft ended, and that was that. Calls and texts from former coaches and teammates streamed in afterward.
It wasn't tough to get Chiefs gear: One of DeMartino's best friends is a big KC fan, and he gifted his jersey to the soon-to-be Chiefs running back.
But getting a contract hasn't slowed DeMartino's ambition. He has about a week until he reports to mini camp. And even though he'll squeeze in some beach time, he's dedicating most of that stretch to work.
"I gotta get right," he said. "I've been working hard these last few months. There's not no time for breaks now."
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