Friday, 28 Feb 2014 11:39 AM
Boston College Eagles wide receiver Alex Amidon has decided to pass up a shot at a lucrative NFL career to focus on his dreams of becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL.
His shock announcement was made during a school football recruitment dinner in Boston Wednesday night, according to BC Interruption, a sports blog.
“Through making this decision, Amidon is truly showing that he is a man for others, and cares so deeply about this community and country,” the blog said.
“The 2012 All-ACC wide receiver most likely would have found a home in the NFL,” BC Interruption added. “The fact that Amidon is willing to give everything he has is truly awe-inspiring.”
Amidon, a 22-year-old senior from Greenfield, Mass., set the BC school record for the most receiving yards and receptions in 2012, when he was ranked 11th in the country for receiving yards. He also holds the school record for most career receptions, beating the old mark with a catch in his final game.
London-born Amidon was a first-round All-ACC pick in 2012 and was expected to be a third-day pick during the NFL draft in May, NFL.com reported.
Amidon told the Springfield Republican in January that he was undecided about pursuing an NFL career. “Right now I’m looking forward to graduating in June with a degree in English and enjoying my last semester in college,” he said. …
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