BISMARCK, N.D. - Dickinson State's ties to the N.F.L. doubled recently when former Bismarck High School standout Jay Liggins signed a free agent contract with Philadelphia.
In 1993, Rory Farstveet from Beach got a shot with the New England Patriots following his All-American days with the Blue Hawks.
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Seven Rounds, 254 picks, Dickinson State corner back Jay Liggins waited through all those names to be called but after pick 254 his phone rang.
"It surprised me about all the calls I was getting and to be recognized by so many scouts and teams. It was a great experience. I was truly blessed to have that opportunity, but nothing I wasn't use to. And, I was really happy to have calls," said Jay Liggins.
After shifting through different area codes Liggins narrowed it down to two choices.
"It basically came down to the Rams and Eagles, and I choose the Eagles, because they wanted me to just play corner, unlike the Rams who wanted me to play safety as well. Then they kind of upped their price in the process, which was nice, and it was a lot of nervous; I was nervous. It was a lot of pressure, and when it came down to picking, it was up to me, and I think I made the right decision. And, I like the direction they are going, and I have no regrets in the decision I made," said Liggins.
Dickinson State University Head Coach Pete Stanton says Liggins has evolved into a two-sport star.
"He's a multi time All-American on the track and in football another All-Conference and All-American selection and he's just a play-maker and we are just really proud of what he has done on and off the field," said Stanton.
It's been quite a year for Liggins, setting the Blue Hawk record for interceptions in a season with eight and helping the Hawks win a playoff game thanks to four interceptions and for Liggins making the Eagles roster would cap off the greatest year of his career.
"It would mean everything. It would mean that all the hard work has paid off, and I would have some longevity in the sport I love. I would love to tell my mom, 'you know, I am really out there and I did it.' Even putting on that helmet is going to mean so much and putting on that Eagles' gear, I can't even describe it for how excited I am now," said Liggins. "And, I am on the team and going up against Carson Wentz, DeSean Jackson; guys like that, its going to be exciting. I can't wait and I am ready for that challenge."
A challenge that lead him from terrorizing QB's at Bismarck High School to All-American status at Dickinson State now to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles. Liggins begins rookie Mini-Camp with the Eagles on May 10.