5 things you may have forgotten about Oregon State alum Jordan Poyer
This week's guest on the Talkin' Beavers Podcast is Oregon State alum Jordan Poyer who played for the Beavers football team from 2009-2012.
Now a member of the favorites in the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills, Poyer has been making a name for himself as one of the best players in the division on one of the league's best defenses.
Here are five facts about the former Beaver.
Oregon State Champion
Jordan Poyer had quite the high school career.
As a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball at Astoria High School in Astoria, Oregon, Poyer did it all.
His freshman year, he won a state championship in baseball.
As a senior in football, he won a state championship while playing quarterback and safety, being named state Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year in the process.
He accounted for 123 touchdowns in three seasons.
That same academic year, he was named Oregon's player of the year for baseball which led to...
Drafted by the Florida Marlins
Before enrolling at Oregon State to play football, Poyer was drafted in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Florida Marlins in the 42nd round.
After spending two seasons solely focusing on football, Poyer tried to play baseball for Oregon State as a junior but quit during the season because it ended up being too much.
"I just felt like I needed to be here with these guys (the football players) during the spring,'' said Poyer, according to The Oregonian.
"I'm definitely going to miss the game. ... it was tough. It was definitely one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make.''
He played in seven games as a Beaver, hitting 0.250 in 12 at-bats.
Led the Pac-12 in interceptions
Acting as a captain as a senior, Poyer broke out to become one of the Pac-12's best players.
He led the conference in interceptions with seven and helped lead the Beavers to one of the school's best seasons which saw them ranked as high as No. 7 in the country at one point.
Three of those interceptions came against Washington State which is the second-highest single-game total in school history.
Ultimately, Poyer proved he was one of the conference's best.
But, he was more than one of the best in the Pac-12. He was one of the best in the nation.
Jordan Poyer was named a Consensus All-American.
The program has only produced 44 All-Americans making Poyer one of the best players in school history.
Drafted by old rival
However, the draft process did not go as expected.
Poyer saw his name remain on the board for far longer than expected until he was taken in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft at No. 218.
Who took him? The Philadelphia Eagles coached by former Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly.
The Eagles would cut him midway through the season, but Poyer made himself into a starting-caliber player when Cleveland picked him up later that season.