NFL dream comes true for Chachere

Clovis West grad Andre Chachere (No. 36, far left) suited up for the Detroit Lions against the Green Bay Packers on December 29, the final game of the season. Chachere, a cornerback, spent the entire season on the Houston Texans and Lions’ practice squad until he was added to the 53-man roster. PHOTO FROM DETROIT LIONS TWITTER

On December 29 Andre Chachere got a call he’ll never forget.

After spending all of 2018 on the Houston Texas and Detroit Lions practice squads, and just a day before the Lions were to march into Green Bay in the Lions’ final game, the cornerback was told by an assistant he was going to suit up.

For the 2014 Clovis West grad, it was certainly a dream come true.

“At a young age I fell in love with the game and every Sunday I thought to myself ‘man, I really want to do this,’” Chachere said from his home in Detroit. “Having the coach call me and tell me I’m traveling and suiting up was probably the greatest phone call I’ve ever got.”

The first person he called was his father, Derrick, followed by mom, Romy, who cried happy tears of joy.

He also took an encouraging phone call from younger brother, Dante, a Clovis West senior quarterback who has signed with Portland State.

Although Chachere, listed at six-feet tall, 200 pounds, did not see any action in the Lions’ 31-0 victory, suiting up for the 53-man squad was a testament to his hard work and determination.

Undrafted out of San Jose State where he earned First-team All-Mountain West Conference his junior season – a season he ranked No. 4 nationally in pass breakups and recorded four interceptions – Chachere signed with the Texans and was on the 10-man practice squad until he was cut two days before Thanksgiving.

However, the Lions quickly gobble him up about a half an hour later and offered him a job on their practice squad.

“I didn’t have any time to be sad because it happened so fast,” he said.

Chachere took the roster spot of DeShawn Shead, who was injured during the week leading up to the Packers’ game.

“Leading up to it I was doing everything I had to at practice; I was working my butt off,” Chachere said. “At practice the coach looked at me like ‘get ready to go’. Once you hear that you need to prepare even harder than before.”

And what a memorable first NFL game it was, a freezing 19 degree day at historic Lambeau Field, capped off with a 31-0 victory.

“I went out on the field about 20 minutes before everyone else did,” he said. “I was taking everything in and walked around the field and took pictures.

“Putting the jersey on and actually going on Lambeau Field was one of the Top 5 greatest experiences I’ve had.”

His hard work was not only recognized by the Lions’ coaching staff, but he was rewarded by Lions’ management with a two year contract after the Green Bay win, providing security when training camp opens in June.

Chachere is also motivated because of his son, Dreyden, born on March 17.

“He’s the world for me,” Chachere said. “This is my job so I don’t take it for granted – this is how I provide for him. So when I’m out at practice or on the field everything I do is for him.

“Seeing where I am now is really a dream come true.”

Paul Meadors is a man of many talents. He is a elementary school teacher, Junior High athletic director, and basketball coach in Traver, CA, in addition to serving as the Sports Editor for the Clovis Roundup. He is also the author of the humorous book “Letters to eBay,” and he has recorded a piano album of his own compositions titled “Surviving the Storm.” He lives in Fresno with wife Lori and daughters Georgie, Alex and Ruthie.