Ex-GSC wideout Absher inks with CFL

Former Pioneer standout set to play for the Montreal Alouettes

GLENVILLE — It has been two years since former Glenville State Pioneer standout wide receiver Dante Absher has put on a football jersey, however that all changed last month.

Absher has signed a contract to continue his football career in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes.

A native of Sterling, Virginia, Absher was a four-year member of the Pioneer football team. He was an All-Mountain East Conference first team member and ranks fourth at GSC in career pass receptions with 214 while also ranking fifth in Pioneer history in career receiving yards with 2,669.

It has been a long two years for the former GSC standout. In 2017, he trained in Southern California at Stars to prepare for his pro day and the NFL combine. Shortly after, he was invited to the Arizona Cardinals rookie minicamp, however he was not able to attend due to a slight tear in his meniscus.

After recovering from the injury, his dream of playing football at the next level never faded. He was pushing for another shot in the NFL.

“Coming from a small DII school, it was harder for me to get an opportunity and the NFL season was already underway,” stated Absher.

He ended up not receiving a call the rest of the year (2017) from any NFL teams. He did have some overseas opportunities, but nothing panned out.

In 2018, he had a few workout opportunities with three different teams. During that time, he was back home in Virginia at Mase training with his trainer and life coach Eddie Mason and Chase Dixon.

“These two gentlemen simply turned me into a monster physically and mentally. The types of training they put me through; there was no question they were going to bring the dog out of me,” said Absher. “Although I was in tip-top shape, I still didn’t receive any calls back from the three teams.”

During this whole process, Absher says he was doing everything right except for one thing – putting football over God.

“Eddie began changing my life as a life coach. I was blessed to have him baptize me back in April at the Capital Community Church. I knew from this point on my faith was going to be tested,” stated Absher.

After staying strong, he began to break down in October and was about to give up his dream of playing football.

“I felt like I had done everything and maybe it wasn’t meant to be,” he said.

But that all changed in November.

On Nov. 10, Shelly Ellison from Rockland Sports Management contacted Absher and wanted to represent him as an athlete. The next day he signed with RSM and on Nov. 12 his dream became reality as he signed with the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL.

“I am thankful for everyone who has been a part of my journey and didn’t leave my side. My family has been so supportive of me chasing my dream to play professional football. To all my athletes at Glenville State College and around the world, if you want something bad enough you need to do whatever it takes to get there and have faith in God,” he said.