ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It takes passion, talent and drive to make a professional indoor football team like the Georgia Firebirds.
They held open tryouts in Albany Saturday morning.
19-year-old Luke Griffin had to reach higher than ever, because the Albany native has never had the chance to suit up for an organized football team.
"I really look at it as a challenge," said Griffin. "It's always been a dream of mine. I can't blame anybody for that. It's just a part of how I was raised. I just want to put it in my control and see what I can do with the Lord's help."
Griffin was home schooled. He doesn't regret it, but it didn't provide him the same athletic opportunities as his counterparts: the other 80-plus players trying out in the Albany Civic center.
"I didn't really get a chance to play a lot of sports growing up, but in the past couple of years, I met a lot of people, some of these boys out here, and they've showed me everything they could show me and I just picked up on that and started working out."
One of the men Griffin met happened to be Firebirds owner and general manager Terence Fowler.
He is one of the key decision-makers and knows what he's looking for with 25 open spots on the team.
"People that have the mind to work," reminded Fowler. "They are okay with sacrifice because in this game it is a lot of sacrifices. They are not getting paid top dollar to pay. It's for the love of the game.."
Griffin has a message for Fowler and the coaches.
"You won't meet anybody that will work harder for it. And I can promise you that."
"It's a difference in playing outdoors and indoor," said Fowler. "Of course it's a smaller field so the game is faster, but we're just looking for that it factor and if you have it you're going to get a shot to play on this team."
He had his missteps like any kid would approaching one of the largest opportunities of his life. But with the backing of his friends, father and loved ones. It won't phase him.