For just about anyone who has ever played a sport, the dream is to play that game at the professional level, and even better to do so in front of their hometown fans. One local athlete is getting that shot thanks to the Rattlesnakes.
Alvaro Garcia signed a contract to play for the Laredo franchise this morning in front of his students and players at United HIgh School. Garcia was a standout for the Longhorns, even setting a state record with 595 yards passing in one game during his senior season.
Today the former Texas State Bobcat was officially brought in to back up newly signed Bryan Randall, with the hopes of taking over the reigns in the next couple of years. In addition to back-up QB, Garcia is expected to play receiver and some defense as well.
He says this has been an overwhelming experience. "I'm very grateful for the opportunity to play, especially here in my hometown and to play pro ball, which is not something many people really do. It's a very humbling experience and I hope it turns out for the best and hope our fans go out there and support out team."
The Rattlesnakes are still on the lookout for local talent and will hold another round of open tryouts on Saturday Feb. 16th. Those will take place at the LEA with registration beginning at 11 am. The cost to tryout is $40 and only cash or money order will be accepted. All those trying out will be put through a 40-yard dash, short-shuttle, 1-on-1 drills and 4-on-4 group work. For more info call (956) 568-1730.