By: Paul Cohen
National Scouting Combine
After graduating from Penn State, Von Nessen went on to work at his girlfriend’s family’s restaurant to scrap for money until he figured out his next move. He would then go on to work a full time sales job in New York City. However, it did not take long for him to realize his life was missing something. “Football was always stuck in my mind,” says Von Nessen who would eventually choose to leave his job, despite his need for financial stability, to commit full time to football training and pursuing a playing career. John’s support system has been ideal since the decision. His family’s football past has provided him with the resources and contacts to properly prepare for future opportunities, including the aforementioned TEST Football Academy that has trained several famous NFL players.
He recently had a tryout with the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League that went well but Von Nessen is looking for an even better opportunity. His goal is to play in the NFL but he understands the uphill battle he must fight because of his lack of collegiate play so he remains open to all options. John wishes he had the college experience but would not have done anything different. Lacrosse kept him healthy and in shape while still providing explosive training that translates well to football.