From Toledo to the NFL

Central Catholic alum Dane Sanzenbacher isn't the first Toledo kid to make it to the National Football Legue, just the latest.

The Chicago Bears wide receiver had a career night on Monday Night Football in Detroit. Granted, his pro career is only five games old but his 6 catches for 64 yards were both career highs.

"It's definitely nice to get back close to home," Sanzenbacher said. "I just wish it was a different outcome."

The 5'9'', 180 pound Sanzenbacher was thought to be a long-shot to make the Bears roster.

He was an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State, another place people didn't think he could succeed.

Not only did the Toledo native succeed, he was named captain and team MVP his senior season.

Succeeding in the NFL is just another step on the ladder according to Sanzenbacher.

"Every time you make that next step from high school to college, from college to the NFL, it makes you more confident to make that next step," he said. "You get that feeling in the back of your mind, 'I'm going to make it.' It takes the stress away. You know that it might be tough right now but knowing you're going to make it."

From a state championship at Central in 2005 to Big 10 Championships at Ohio State, there should have been no doubt this long-shot was going to make it in the NFL.