Boston College football player gives up chance to play in the NFL to become Navy SEAL

Boston College football player gives up chance to play in the NFL to become Navy SEAL

[Ed. – How do you spell ‘patriotism’?]

Boston College wide receiver Alex Amidon, who finished his career in 2013 as the school’s leading career receiver, has decided to bypass a potential NFL future and instead try to become a Navy SEAL.

BC Interruption reported the news on Thursday.

Amidon (6-foot, 182 pounds) was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine but still had the potential to be a third-day pick. Amidon finished his career with a school-record 191 receptions for a school-record 2,792 yards and 15 TDs. He had 78 receptions in 2012 and 77 in 2013; those are the two best single-season marks in school history.

Amidon, from Greenfield, Mass., was a first-team All-ACC pick in 2012 and a third-team selection in 2013.

While not considered a burner, Amidon had been clocked as fast as 4.42 seconds in the 40; he was effective both as a deep threat — information from cfbstats.com shows that he had five catches of 50-plus yards in 2013 and 18 of 30-plus yards in 2012 and ’13 combined — and over the middle for BC.

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