Despite being hailed by receivers coach Darryl Drake for an impressive showing at the Bears rookie camp, Zeke Markshausen has not been invited back for Chicago’s mini camp Friday through Sunday. Markshausen, a former North Boone star who was second-team All-Big Ten as a senior at Northwestern this year, was an undrafted free agent. He’s still hoping for another NFL audition.
“The Bears called me last week and said, ‘We love you, but we have to get rid of a copule of more players and will not be able to take you.’ My agent is trying to find another team for me to work out for,” Markshausen said in a phone interview today.
In the meantime, Markshausen is finishing up his final three weeks of school at Northwestern. He’ll graduate next month with a degree in mechanical engineering and a Masters in design innovation. If he doesn’t get another NFL chance, he’ll then look for a job in the real world.
“I’m starting to pursue that more,” he said. “It wasn’t the No. 1 thing on my list because football was pretty big, and still is. If I want to pursue a job, I’ll start looking around more.”