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NFL hopefuls race to beat winter storm

Posted at 6:41 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 18:41:05-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- More than 1,000 flights were canceled Wednesday out of Chicago's airports, which is not good news for college football stars working to get to the NFL Combine. 

Wednesday morning, the weather did not stand in the way of hundreds of players, coaches and agents streaming into Lucas Oil Stadium for the NFL Combine. But as the day went on, hundreds of delays and cancelations in Chicago and around the Midwest trickled into Indianapolis. 

"We were planning to go to New York but our flight to La Guardia was canceled," Edie Olson said. 

Olson and Terry Deboo were some of the unlucky few at the Indianapolis airport Wednesday. 

"Well there's a possibility we may be able to grab a flight to New York tomorrow, but it sounded iffy because of the weather tomorrow, so we may have to scrap the trip," Olson said. 

As Edie and Terry waited for answers upstairs, downstairs there was relief and excitement on the faces of hopeful NFL stars as their flights from around the country made it ahead of Wednesday's storm. 

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The football players made their way to NFL reps and were shuttled to their downtown hotels to prepare for countless medical tests, drills and interviews for the next few days. 

An NFL rep said they are optimistic that all of Wednesday's players will arrive on time. Defensive lineman and linebackers are scheduled to arrive in Indianapolis on Thursday. 

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