Another one of El Paso's own has a chance to play football on Sundays.

Fresh off a productive four-year college career with the UTEP football team, offensive lineman Bobby DeHaro has earned a rookie minicamp invite with the Indianapolis Colts, he told 600 ESPN El Paso on Tuesday. The Montwood High School graduate will leave to Indianapolis this Thursday.

DeHaro becomes the third former Miner to earn a rookie minicamp invite, joining running back Quardraiz Wadley (Miami) and offensive lineman Darta Lee (Houston).

Through these rookie minicamps, each NFL team may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks. For DeHaro, simply getting the call was a huge blessing. He said that he was beginning to get worried following the NFL Draft, which took place April 28-30.

As a local product, DeHaro has faced his share of special moments and low points.

He began at UTEP in 2017, where he witnessed an 0-12 UTEP team during his redshirt season. Since then, he started 44 consecutive games for the Miners at the guard position. He watched low points, like the Miners winning just one game in both 2018 and 2019 seasons. He also witnessed program-changing moments, such as the Miners becoming bowl eligible in 2021 for the first time in seven years.

Once the season ended, DeHaro trained with offensive line coach Duke Manyweather in Dallas. He credits his offseason/pre-draft training for getting him to the next level.

"I feel the best I've felt in years," DeHaro said following his pro day in April. "I felt great [in the pro day]. Being from here, being from Montwood and El Paso born and raised, I do this for the city. I do it for the great people here. Happy to be an El Pasoan."

Though the invite doesn't guarantee a spot on the team, DeHaro believes the Colts invite is the first step in order to get his name out there in front of NFL scouts and team executives.

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