Kayvon Thibodeaux realized a life-long dream when the New York Giants made him the No. 5 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft.
The former Oregon defensive lineman will look to follow in the footsteps of legendary Big Blue pass-rushers such as Lawrence Taylor and Michael Strahan. While it's an intriguing landing spot for Thibodeaux, he once had a different destination in mind.
An old Twitter post from December, 30, 2018 resurfaced of Thibodeaux, then a high school senior, expressing his desire to play for the Los Angeles Rams.
He's certainly not the first player to have aspirations of becoming a hometown hero. Thibodeaux was born in South Los Angeles and went to Iona Prep School in West Village, California.
That dream might have not waned over the years. In a Bleacher Report AMA session conducted Tuesday, the 21-year-old identified Aaron Donald as the player (past or present) he'd most want to team with.
However, that pairing was never really a possibility. Having frequently used future draft capital to bolster their Super Bowl-winning roster, the Rams didn't pick until the third round.
This isn't to take anything away from Thibodeaux's new home. In a post-draft interview with The New York Post's Steve Serby, the top pick expressed admiration for Taylor and Strahan while sending a message to Giants fans.
"I’m gonna embrace you guys, I’m gonna give you guys everything I got, hopefully you embrace me for my differences, hopefully you just get to know me," Thibodeaux said. "Before you make any preconceived notions on me, just get to know me. Come find out."