PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A native of Wilmington, Delaware, getting drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles was a dream for the 5-10, 208 pound West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood.
Well, Smallwood’s dream came true this weekend as the Eagles selected him with their 153rd overall selection in the fifth-round.
“It’s just a dream come true being at this place,” Smallwood said after being drafted. “It was just a blessing.”
Off-the-field, Smallwood has a trouble past. In 2014, he was arrested and accused of trying to intimidate a witness in a 2012 murder investigation involving Smallwood’s friend. The charges were eventually dropped.
Smallwood says he did nothing wrong.
“Yeah I thought it would [hurt my draft status] until I started getting interviews, and being able to tell my story besides what they’ve been reading and give them the real,” Smallwood told CSNPhilly.com. “That’s not anything I will ever be involved in again. That was a once in a lifetime thing.”
Then, after Smallwood was drafted by the Eagles, old tweets of him trashing Philadelphia were uncovered. His Twitter account has since been deleted.
“I think I was just young, being irresponsible saying embarrassing stuff,” Smallwood said of his previous tweets. “Things that didn’t represent who I am and what I stand for. So I definitely think that was a real mistake, so I’m real embarrassed anyone had to read that.”