Wide receiver goes the distance

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Kamar Jorden made his dreams come true.

The former BG wide receiver recently signed with the Minnesota Vikings after he wasn’t selected in the 2012 NFL draft.

“If I was going to get drafted, I was predicted to go late,” Jorden said. “I was watching [the draft] at home with my family barbequing and I didn’t get it.”

Soon after the draft concluded, Jorden received a call from the Vikings organization asking him to be part of their team. Jorden said he called his agent and it was a done deal.

“My mom was crying and that whole day is something I’ll never forget,” he said.

Falcons head coach Dave Clawson said it is a great honor for Jorden and the BG football program for people to think they are producing NFL caliber players.

“Kamar was a productive football player. He stepped into Freddie Barnes’ position after 2009 and played two years for us,” Clawson said.

Jorden was redshirted in 2009, and then began his career with the Falcons in 2010. He played in and started 12 games and was named First-Team All-MAC his first year, with 96 receptions and 1,109 receiving yards — both were third best in school history.

His senior year was nothing different, as he earned First-Team All-MAC honors and had career bests in catches and yards in a single game with 12 and 203, respectively.

“I just look in the locker room, it’s an opportunity I’ve been waiting for my whole life and it makes me push even more,” Jorden said.

After he signed, the following weekend Jorden was in Minnesota for mini rookie camp where 70 rookies competed and he said he did well.

“I’m back at it now — learning plays, about the NFL contract, and connecting with teammates,” Jorden said.

Now that Jorden graduated, Clawson said Shaun Joplin and Chris Gallon are competing for the job as wide receiver for BG over the course of summer camp.

Although Jorden might not wear a Falcons jersey anymore, he said he will never forget where he came from.

He will miss playing with his friends, in front of his peers and just being in BG, he said.

“The one thing I’ll take away from BG is this passion of playing college football,” Jorden said. “It’s a different experience, coaches push hard, they prepared me a whole lot to work harder and play 100 percent, always and that is what I’m working on now in the

NFL now.”