Temple wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick didn't let more than a few bumps and bruises stop him from enjoying a strong senior football season.
And even after the season, Fitzpatrick had to undergo groin surgery, which held back his workouts, but not his desire.
Fitzpatrick had surgery on Dec. 30, but surprisingly, was able to participate in last week's Pro Day at Temple, where NFL scouts graded not only the Owls but a few other local prospects as well.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Fitzpatrick was relieved to get through the workout
"It was definitely a relief because some other guys got surgery the same time I did and they are not even running full speed," he said afterwards. "I feel I am pretty good where I am at concerning my groin."
The Harrisburg High product, who was a quarterback for coach George Chaump, set career high receiving marks in receptions, yards and touchdowns as a senior at Temple. He had 53 receptions for 730 yards and six touchdowns.
His reception total is third all-time on Temple's single-season list.
One of Fitzpatrick's top traits is his toughness. He suffered an injury in Temple's 16-13 loss to visiting Memphis on Nov. 7 and even though he didn't practice the next week, he had four receptions for 113 and a career-long 75-yard touchdowns during the next week's 30-13 defeat at Penn State.
He feels his versatility will be a plus to any future suitor.
"I think one of the things that helps me is that compared to other guys coming out at my size, really none of them played outside wide receiver like I did and had the success I had," he said. "They also know I can play the slot."
Fitzpatrick is not projected to be drafted but says he isn't worried about that.
"I just control what I can control," he said.
And he feels his better days are ahead as he puts the groin injury behind him.
"With the groin injury I couldn't really do anything for a month, to month and a half after surgery," he said. "Now I can get in shape. Most guys after the season get in shape and then train for Pro Day. I had to just train for Pro Day."
Now he says he can get in shape, and get much stronger.
"If I have another opportunity to improve my times, I can do that," he said.
And that is what he is hoping for, an opportunity. Fitzpatrick showed at Temple he could be a reliable receiver and his toughness is another positive. Now it's all about getting a chance, and he will do everything possible to earn an NFL invitation.