Jones, Rucker seleced in NFL Draft
Today, two former Spartan football players saw their dreams come true.
Two-time All-American linebacker Greg Jones and cornerback Chris L. Rucker both were taken in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Jones went to the New York Giants with the 185th overall pick and Rucker three picks later to the Indianapolis Colts.
“It has been a really stressful three days, but I feel both relieved and excited,” said Jones, who was certainly expecting to be taken off the board a little earlier. “All of my hard work has paid off, and now, I’m excited to have the opportunity to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL.”
Many teams passed on the linebacker, but waiting so long for his name to be called only made him hungrier to prove himself, Jones said. Had he decided to forgo his senior year and enter the draft in 2010, Jones was projected to go as early as the back end of the first round.
But the Cincinnati native said he still believes he made the right choice.
“I’ll never regret my decision that I made to return to Michigan State for my senior year,” he said. “I’m so thankful to all of the people at Michigan State who have supported me during this journey to the NFL. I wouldn’t trade my last four years for anything.”
Rucker, the 188th overall selection, will join former teammate Blair White, who was picked up by the Colts after going undrafted last year.
“It is a great honor, a great organization – great ownership, great management,” Rucker said. “It is a winning team, and it is an honor for them to choose me and for me to now go to Indianapolis and try to help the team.”
The former cornerback was also singing praises of the MSU program.
“Coming in, I was a young man and now I am a man,” Rucker said. “I have learned so much throughout my years at Michigan State that I can use for the rest of my life. I really appreciated my time at MSU, and it will always have a special place in my heart.”