GREEN BAY – As the NFL Draft snaked into the seventh round Saturday evening, Ty Summers’ phone began blowing up with NFL teams calling to express interest in signing the TCU linebacker if he reached college free agency.
With roughly a dozen of his closest family and friends around him, Summers sifted through potential suitors until finally answering a “920” number. He expected the caller to be selling more of the same.
Instead, the Packers informed the 6-foot-1, 241-pound linebacker they had used their eighth and final pick of the 2019 NFL Draft on him, No. 226 overall.
“It was kind of weird. I went to answer a call and I was like, ‘Wait, this is actually ‘The Call,’” Summers said. “So everyone got excited, started standing up around me it was a cool atmosphere. Everyone was really excited for me.
Summers has played football his entire life. A dual-threat quarterback at Reagan High School in San Antonio, Summers scored 36 rushing touchdowns as a senior and nearly played the QB at Rice until Texas Christian came calling.
The Horned Frogs, liking Summers’ physicality, viewed him as a linebacker. Understanding what it meant to play in a power-five conference, Summers signed on and played as a true freshman in 2014.
Summers suffered two labrum injuries during those first two years. He took a medical redshirt after his college opener against Samford before bouncing back in 2015 to earn an honorable mention nod for Big 12 defensive freshman of the year.
A three-year starter, Summers played every game in 2016 and 2017 and was named a team captain in seven games as a senior.
A vocal leader and key communicator on TCU’s defense, Summers even stepped in at defensive end this past year after injuries ate away at the Horned Frogs’ defensive end depth chart.