Former Lumberjacks Take Spotlight at NFL Draft
April 27, 2013
Although the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack football team has several players who have a strong possibility of being drafted Saturday, it was a couple of former Lumberjack and greats who took center stage Friday evening. Larry Centers and Jeremiah Trotter stepped into the spotlight to announce second-round selections for a couple of their teams - Trotter for the Eagles and Centers for the Cardinals.
Centers played in the NFL for 14 years, and was a member of the New England Patriots team that won the Super Bowl. During his time in the league, Centers played for the Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and the Patriots. He rushed for more than 2,100 yards, and hauled in 827 passes for 6,797 yards during his career. He also recorded 14 rushing touchdowns, and 28 receiving scores during his career. Although a running back, he was known more for his pass-catching ability. Drafted in the fifth round, his 827 receptions are the most by any running back in league history.
Trotter was selected in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft, 72nd overall, by the Philadelphia Eagles, and had an 11-year career in the league. Trotter had three stints with the franchise that drafted him, and also spent time with the Washington Redskins and one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One of only four Eagles' linebackers to receive at least four Pro Bowl invitations, Trotter finished his career with 664 total tackles, 12.5 sacks and 33 pass deflections. He also picked off nine passes during his career.
In an attempt to generate a little more interest in the draft, the NFL began having former team legends announce the draft selections. That trend continues this season as former NFL greats announced selections in the second and third rounds of the draft.