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Alex Amidon gives up football to attempt to become Navy SEAL

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Wide receiver Alex Amidon had a Boston College-record 191 receptions for 2,792 yards.

Boston College wide receiver Alex Amidon, who finished his career in 2013 as the school's leading career receiver, has decided to bypass a potential NFL future and instead try to become a Navy SEAL.

BC Interruption reported the news on Thursday.

Amidon (6-foot, 182 pounds) was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine but still had the potential to be a third-day pick. Amidon finished his career with a school-record 191 receptions for a school-record 2,792 yards and 15 TDs. He had 78 receptions in 2012 and 77 in 2013; those are the two best single-season marks in school history.

Amidon, from Greenfield, Mass., was a first-team All-ACC pick in 2012 and a third-team selection in 2013.

While not considered a burner, Amidon had been clocked as fast as 4.42 seconds in the 40; he was effective both as a deep threat -- information from shows that he had five catches of 50-plus yards in 2013 and 18 of 30-plus yards in 2012 and '13 combined -- and over the middle for BC.

Amidon roomed with tailback Andre Williams, who led the nation in rushing in 2013 and was a Heisman finalist. The two were co-winners of the Thomas Scanlan Award, considered BC's highest football honor. It goes to the senior who is most outstanding in scholarship, athletic ability and leadership.

Amidon's last college catch gave him the school receptions record previously held by former BC tight end Pete Mitchell. Amidon told the Springfield (Mass.) Republican in January that "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." He also told the paper he was scheduled to graduate in June with an English degree.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.


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