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Wide receiver leaves NFL draft to become Navy SEAL

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This isn't something you hear about every day but it is definitely an act of great courage.

Former Boston College wide receiver Alex Amidon, an All-ACC performer in 2012 has left the 2014 NFL Draft to focus on joining the Navy SEALs.

Amidon finished 11th in the nation in receiving in 2012 with 1210 yards, and led BC in receiving this year with 1024 yards. The senior set the school's all-time record for most receiving yards in a season and most receiving yards in a career.

This move certainly comes as a shock, due to the fact that Amidon was well expected to have been taken in the later rounds of this years draft or join a franchise as a free agent. 

The 22-year old is set for a testing time trying to become a SEAL, just as much as he would in trying to be named to a full 53 man NFL roster.

The SEALs training period lasts 6 months in which nearly 75% of all participants drop out. 

It's not every day that someone gives up the chance to become a professional football player to join a line up work that is even more challenging. 

The story has some parallels to that of Pat Tillman. Tillman turned down a $3 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals in order to do his duty and signed up to the US Army Rangers along with his brother. Unfortunately, Tillman was tragically cut down in the line of fire and didn't make it out of Iraq.

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