has had an interesting football career. The South Robeson High School
product left Rowland to play collegiately at ECU. He started as a
linebacker and played as a true freshman while making his mark at
special teams. By the time Leach was a junior, he was moved to the
offensive side of the ball. His bank account thanks his coaches for
Leach was one of the few bright spots for the Pirates in 2003. Vonta
mostly opened holes for Marvin Townes thousand yard season. But when he
did carry the ball, he did it well Leach rushed for 306 yards and
scored five times. He capped off his college career by being named the
offensive MVP at the Blue-Gray game after he scored two touchdowns.
But Vonta went undrafted by the NFL. He didn't let that stop his
professional dreams. Leach signed a free agent contract with the
Packers, and after being one of the last players cut in training camp,
he signed on with Green Bay's practice squad. Halfway through the 2004
season, Leach was activated and saw lots of special teams action while
occasionally filling in for William Henderson at fullback.
This season Vonta was cut at the end of training camp again. But this
time he was quickly re-signed by the team and has played in every game
so far. In fact Leach started at fullback against the Carolina Panthers
on Monday night. The affable Leach has yet to carry the ball in the
NFL, but he has caught two passes this year from future Hall of Fame
quarterback Brett Favre for eight yards.
Playing at legendary Lambeau Field and with Favre has been a dream come
true for Vonta. But he told the TV-12 camera's Monday night that he is
no longer in awe of his position. Now that is part of the team, all
that he wants to do is help Green Bay win.
Vonta is also keeping up with the Pirates. He is hoping ECU will turn
things around under Skip Holtz, and he will return to Greenville
whenever his schedule allows. He might not play the most glamorous
position, but here is hoping one of the most friendly Pirates ever
keeps his daytime job for a long time.