Before Travis Fulgham was catching touchdown passes in primetime games against division rivals, he was an NFL long shot after walking on at Old Dominion University, and finding himself on his 3rd team one year into his career.
Fulgham was born in Alexandria, Virginia and spent most of his young life traveling around the world to different places like Jordan, Egypt, South Africa, and India. Both of Fulgham’s parents had jobs in the Foreign Service, so naturally he was moving around for the majority of his young life. Travis didn’t actually start living in the United States until he was 9 years old. When it came time he decided to enroll at Massanutten Military Academy in Charlottesville for high school.
Finding The Right Fit
After initially playing basketball and soccer in high school, a coach convinced him to try out for football. In his junior year, Fulgham quickly took a liking to football and realized how talented he was. Knowing his own potential, he knew that he would have to transfer to a bigger program in order to get noticed and get a scholarship. In his senior year, Fulgham played for Broad Run High School, which allowed him to get noticed by bigger colleges, and gave him a better opportunity to gain a scholarship. But with his late arrival to the recruiting cycle, it was difficult for Fulgham to convince a school to give him a scholarship. His coaches insisted that Fulgham’s 6’3 frame, and raw athleticism was special, and that he deserved a scholarship.
By the time the end of his senior year came around, Fulgham’s top destination Old Dominion did not have any scholarships to give out. But 2 weeks later, after visiting the campus and talking with the coaching staff, Old Dominion decided to give him a scholarship, and have him redshirt as a freshman. After redshirting his freshman year, he earned a starting role and had an encouraging sophomore season before regressing his junior year due to injuries and quarterback play. But in his senior year, Fulgham broke out and finally put everything together. He led Conference USA with 1,038 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns, While Fulgham impressed a lot of people with his senior campaign, he still struggled to get any high level attention from NFL scouts.
Getting A Chance
Thankfully, in the 6th round of the 2019 draft, the Detroit Lions decided to take a chance on the young receiver. Fulgham then worked to make the 53 man roster and was active for 3 of the Lions regular season games in 2019. Unfortunately, the Lions were particularly deep at receiver last year with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola all registering 60+ catches on the year. With so much depth at his position, Fulgham struggled to find playing time in Detroit, and was waived by the team in August of 2020.
After being waived by the Lions, the Green Bay Packers picked him up off waivers, where he was released only 10 days later after spending the majority of his time there in a hotel away from the team. After being claimed and waived by the Eagles, Fulgham found himself on the Eagles practice squad at the beginning of this year.