Lumberjack Duo Signs Free Agent Contracts
April 27, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin All-Americans Josh Aubrey and Cordell Roberson came to Nacogdoches in the same signing class, and are now headed to the same NFL franchise together. The duo signed free agent contracts with the Cleveland Browns shortly after the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft Saturday evening.
"I almost broke down when I got the call," said Roberson, the school's all-time leading receiver. "It has been a dream my whole life. I continued to believe in myself, kept the faith, and everything worked out for me. There were several teams that had made offers, so I had to weigh my options but I was relieved when it was finalized. This is the plan that God had for me. I'm excited about it, and I'm just going to do the best that I can."
"The disappointed of not being drafted didn't wear off immediately," added Aubrey, a 2013 All-America corner. "But it's a great feeling to know that I'm in the NFL. It doesn't matter how you get there, only that you're there. Everyone wants to get drafted, but the important thing is that I'm getting a shot. I praise God for this opportunity."
Roberson re-wrote the Lumberjack record books becoming the school's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. His 39 TD receptions also set a new Southland Conference record. A three-time first-team All-Southland Conference selection, Roberson earned All-American honors as a sophomore and senior.
Aubrey was key in helping turn the Lumberjack secondary into one of the top units in the conference. Earning a starting spot in the second week of his freshman season, Aubrey never looked back. A four-time All-SLC selection, Aubrey finished his career with 255 tackles, including 17.5 for losses, and 3.5 sacks. He also intercepted seven passes during his career and had 29 pass break ups. A two-time first-team all-conference selection, Aubrey closed out his SFA career by earning All-America honors.
"God is so good," said Jordan, Josh's twin brother and a three-year letterwinner in the Lumberjack secondary. "I've been with him every step of the way through our playing career. With our season going the way that it did, things haven't been that easy. Even going into pro day, the scouts really weren't looking at him that much, other than he might get offered a tryout. Just to see what he has gone through to where he is now is such a great feeling. It just proves that hard work pays off. Drafted or not, I know he is going to camp and will work his tail off for the Browns."