KINGSTON, R.I. – Jason Foster found out he had been named to the Fans' Choice Rhody Grand Team on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Foster was just two weeks removed from being one of the final roster cuts for the Oakland Raiders. He was working out in nearby New Jersey to stay in shape when he stopped by Rhody's team hotel to join the Rams for breakfast.
When told he had been chosen by Rhode Island fans as one of the top 50 players in school history, Foster smiled and said he felt honored. When told the Rhody Grand Team members were being invited to Meade Stadium to be recognized before the Homecoming Game against Delaware, Foster smiled again.
"Hopefully I will be busy," he said.
Turns out Foster was being prophetic. This past Monday – his 25th birthday – he was re-signed to the Raiders practice squad, rejoining Oakland for his second stint with the team. Foster also spent much of the 2012 season on the Raiders practice squad.
Foster offered followers a glimpse of what was to come via Twitter on Oct. 17, when he wrote, "Wheels up and back to the west coast #California #Oakland."
He originally signed with Oakland on Oct. 31, 2012 and stayed with the team the rest of the season. On Jan. 3, the team signed him to a futures contract, and he spent all of the 2013 training camp with the Raiders.
A four-year starter for Rhode Island, Foster originally signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in the spring of 2012. While at Rhode Island, Foster was a two-time All-CAA Football selection, earning second-team honors as a senior.