A rare down year in East Lansing influenced seeing only two former Michigan State Spartans hear their names called in the 2017 NFL Draft: defensive lineman Malik McDowell (2nd Round, Seattle Seahawks) and defensive back Montae Nicholson (4th Round, Washington Redskins)
But as is the case with countless draft hopefuls, a lot of former Spartans signed free agent deals after go undrafted this past spring. One player who did not ink a pro contract was Macgarrett Kings Jr., who still remains a free agent as preseason camps get underway.
Kings, a former wide receiver and return man for MSU from 2012-15, is going every route to apply for an NFL job… and we mean every route.
A lot of nights I stared at my ceiling asking God: why me? Is it my talent? Do I have the right connections? What is it Lord? When all along he just wanted me to come back to the root of it all – which is HIM! We tend to lose sight of GOD when we are at a high point in life & forget to glorify HIS name and thank HIM for all the blessings HE has already blessed us with on our journey of obtaining success. For a full year the Lord took the game that I have loved since the age of 3, to remind me that without HIM I wouldn't even be the gifted player that I am today! While I was off the map HE took away my pride, HE humbled me, & made me a light for others! Now that I am back and reincarnated, IM READY FOR WHATEVER! My faith in GOD is at a FOREVER all time high! I'll do whatever it takes to live out my lifelong dream of being an NFL player. If I have to come in front of this facility everyday I WILL! I'll compete against WHOEVER, WHEREVER, & WHENEVER cuz I know I got GOD got my back! I'll compete against ya grandma if she get out there and line it up! I'M BACK AND READY TO WALK INTO WHATEVER GOD HAS FOR ME! #TagRepost #Hungry #Humble #GodsChild #NotAStunt #ThisIsRealLife #ForTheLoveOfTheGame #MKJ #ReturnOfTheKing #Forces
The picture appears to show Kings outside the Miami Dolphins training facility holding up a piece of cardboard that reads, “READY FOR WORK, WILL WORK FOR FREE!” (Gold star for anyone who can make out the finer-print on the piece of cardboard)
While there is some level of humor to his approach at finding an NFL team to sign him, it is at least a bit head-scratching as to how Kings is not employed yet, even just as a flier. The Fort Lauderdale-native totaled over 1,500 yards from scrimmage primarily as a complementary receiver for MSU from 2012-15 and also was a contributor in the punt return game (50 ret, 366 yards).