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Alex Amidon, Boston College WR, Undecided on Navy SEALs over NFL

Boston College wide receiver Alex Amidon (83) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Villanova, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Boston.  Boston College won 24-14. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIMarch 3, 2014

Former Boston College wide receiver Alex Amidon has a legitimate shot to play in the NFL, but he may chase another dream instead: becoming a Navy SEAL.

According to Jeff Pini of Boston.com, Amidon is still undecided as to which career path he will pursue. Pini recorded a brief comment from Boston College associate athletics director Chris Cameron regarding Amidon's interest in being a Navy Seal.

"It's something he might want to do," said Cameron.

Even though the Eagles had prolific running back Andre Williams as the foundation of their offense this past season, Amidon still found a way to record 77 receptions for 1,032 yards and five touchdowns. Despite the slight drop in production from the previous year, it was almost more impressive since Williams ran for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns in getting such a large portion of touches.

NFL.com's Mike Huguenin points out how Amidon and Williams were roommates and how they both received BC's highest football honor, the Thomas Scanlan Award, which recognizes the senior who is "most outstanding in scholarship, athletic ability and leadership." Huguenin also believes Amidon could be a third-day draft pick.

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Amidon is the BC program's all-time leading receiver, but the milestones were never anything he ever felt pressure to accomplish, per Bob York of the The Republican on Jan. 12 (via MassLive.com):

To be honest, I never really gave the records much thought during the season and I still haven't. Perhaps a little further down the line, I'll reflect on them and what it all means, but I'm not at that point yet. Right now I'm looking forward to graduating in June with a degree in English and enjoying my last semester in college.

Enjoying that last semester will be complicated in light of the reported dilemma Amidon faces as he decides between two distinct but highly respected professional paths. With solid route-running, underrated speed and sure hands, he has all the tools to be a savvy NFL slot receiver.

Although his physical dimensions aren't intimidating (6'0", 182 pounds, per BC's official website), Amidon has shown grit, an ability to generate big plays after the catch and an all-around toughness that allowed him to produce at record levels in college. It makes sense that a player with that type of heart is considering a career in the military—and with such an impressive, specific force as the Navy SEALs at that.

Whatever path Amidon chooses, he appears destined for success given the sensational career he's carved out on the gridiron to date and the work ethic that goes into that. Even though he played for a lackluster team, Amidon remained upbeat and continued to play hard amid the adverse circumstances. That figures to come in handy regardless of where his bright future takes him.

 

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