Mocs Coach Tom Arth Grateful For NFL Career

Chattanooga-(WDEF) New Mocs coach Tom Arth lived the ultimate football dream.
He went from playing quarterback at a Division three college, to playing quarterback in the NFL.
While Arth did not get much glory on Sundays, he still forged a three year career with the Colts and another year with the Packers.
Said Arth:”You know I look back. I know I think it was ’89 when the 49er’s beat the Bengals, and Joe Montana led that drive at the end of the game. I remember after at that moment. I remember saying to myself. That’s what I want to do. Like that’s what I want to be. I want to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. It wasn’t certainly easy. I was laughed at a lot. In a lot of ways, nobody thought that that was remotely possible. I always felt like I was an intelligent player in college and going into the NFL. I got to Indianapolis and got around Peyton (Manning) and those coaches and that system. It was like I don’t know anything. It was really. You go through some tough times. I just don’t know if I can do this. That thought goes through your head over and over again. You’ve just got to have a strong will. The speed of the game really shows up in the pass rush. It was incredible to me even at practice. Taking a five step drop and like all of a sudden, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are like tagging you. It’s like wait a second, I didn’t even get my feet set. In my first play of the pre-season was against the Bears in the fourth quarter. I tried to scramble. I think I ended up taking a 20-yard loss. Tackled at like the two-yard line. Thankfully they were off-sides on the play. I had no idea, but I came back and was like yeah, I knew it was a free play. I was just trying to make something happen.”
Reporter:”What was your moment of glory from your time in the NFL?”
Said Arth:”You know in 2005 my third year in Indianapolis, our final pre-season game I really played the entire second half. I think played my way onto the practice squad. Got a call the next day from coach (Tony) Dungy. Went in and met with him. He told me I was going to be on the practice squad. It was one of those incredible moments that you always dream about. This game has taken me to three continents and like seven countries that I’ve had the opportunity to play football. I’m so grateful to have seen the world through the game.”

Photo Courtesy: Indianapolis Colts

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