(WXYZ) - As football fans in Kansas City learn more about their number one pick, those remembering Eric Fisher's high school days are looking back on a long road to stardom.
"The Kansas City Chiefs are now on the clock," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. As all eyes were on the Chiefs, slated to pick first, former Stoney Creek football coach Jeff Allor spent those anxious moments thinking about just how far one of his students had come.
"He and I exchanged messages today," said Allor, minutes before the Chiefs made its pick. "He's excited. He's fired up. And we're hoping to see him go number one."
Coach Allor says Fisher wasn't highly recruited after high school, but says the Stoney Creek graduate spent his days at Central Michigan University putting in the hard work day in and day out. Work, that finally led him to the moment at Radio City Music Hall.
"With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Eric Fisher," said Goodell. With that, members of the Stoney Creek Cougar Pride Club NFL Draft watch party explode in applause. As the young man from Rochester celebrates holding a Chiefs jersey next to the NFL commissioner, those who share his Stoney Creek connection hope the #1 overall pick puts his hometown program on the map.
"We're hoping that this gives our kids some exposure," said Allor, "We have a great class of kids coming up, they can use all the exposure they can handle."
"Getting a kid like Eric to go through our program really gives us some respect around the area," said Jack Stablein, captain of the Stoney Creek football program.
"Hard work, right? You got to work hard to obtain your goals if you want to succeed," said Cougar Club president Cathy Beck, "That's what it is."