“I definitely was on a different level that week because I was so mad,” Arnold said. “At the same time, I was so ready to prove everybody wrong and make an impact.”
After such a sudden shift in his professional arc, it’s reasonable that it’s taken a minute for it to dawn on Arnold the way it unfolded.
Tall, skinny wide receivers from Division III Wisconsin-Platteville don’t make it in the NFL. They’ve had three players drafted to the league (in the 10th, 15th, and 12th rounds of the 1969-71 drafts), and their most famous athletic name was basketball coach Bo Ryan, who led the Pioneers to four D-III national championships before taking the Wisconsin job.
So when the phone started buzzing last Monday on his 26th birthday, the first day of the league’s negotiation period, Arnold was at a bit of a