Boston College’s Alex Amidon, who ended his college career at The Heights with three school records, is leaving his football career behind to serve his country.
The former BC wide receiver and Greenfield, Mass., native has decided to forgo a chance to make it in the NFL and instead pursue the opportunity to become a US Navy SEAL, according to BC Interruption, which first reported the news on Thursday.
In 2012, Amidon finished 11th in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision with 1,210 receiving yards and was named to the All-ACC first team. He led the Eagles in 2013 with 1,024 receiving yards and was named to the All-ACC third team.
He finished his BC career with 191 receptions for 2,792 yards and 15 touchdowns. Amidon set school records for receiving yards in a season, as well as most receptions and receiving yards in a career.
Amidon had the potential to be picked in the later rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft, according to NFL.com’s Mike Huguenin.
Amidon, along with Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams, shared the 2013 Thomas Scanlan Award, given to the BC senior who is most outstanding in scholarship, athletic ability, and leadership. It is considered BC’s highest football honor.