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Former East High School star Holley catches on in Canada

By Dave Goldman Photojournalist: Dave Leval - 10:26 PM September 12, 2016
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It’s a dream for many, but realized by very few. Caleb Holley is one of the few — the former East High School star is now getting paid to play football.

As a receiver for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, Holley has caught one touchdown pass and 307 yards receiving.

“I’m loving it,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s always a great thing to do when you’re playing football and something you love to do. I’m having fun.”

Of course, growing up in the United States, the National Football League (NFL) has always been his dream. He’s already had a taste of it: he attended the Buffalo Bills’ rookie mini camp and training camp and for a time was on their practice squad.

But a torn hamstring ended the dream. He was released by the team in mid-August 2015.

“You can have something one day, and have it taken from you the next day,” he said.

The 25-year old also spent time in the Indoor Football League. So now he’s enjoying his time playing in Saskatchewan.

“Right now I’m just here to play football and to worry about what I have here,” he said.

Will he ever make it to he NFL? The road is long to get there, but he’s farther along than most.

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