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Fordham Quarterback Enters the NFL

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By Darryl Yu, Sports Editor

Fordham sports have been making headlines this week, beginning with Brian Kownacki, FCRH ’12, and his leap into viral video fame. Continuing the buzz is John Skelton, CBA ’10, who has just been drafted by the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. Selected in the fifth round (155th overall) he was the sixth quarterback to be picked in and the 2010 NFL draft.

As the 18th Fordham player to be drafted by an NFL team, Skelton joins an elite club of NFL-inducted Rams, including NFL Hall of Farmer Alex Wojciechowicz, who was drafted to New York Giants in 1938. The last Fordham player to be drafted was Kenny Parker in 1968, also taken by the New York Giants.

Hailing from El Paso, TX, Skelton has been the cornerstone of Fordham football for the last three years. During his time at Fordham, he succeeded in leading the team to a Patriot League title in 2007 and has been since shattering Fordham passing records left, right and center. Finishing this season completing 284 of 441 passes (64.4%) for 3,708 yards and 26 touchdowns, he set new school marks for completions and passing yards, breaking Kevin Eakin’s 2003 school records of 247 completions for 3,072 yards and Steve O’Hare’s completion percentage record of 63.1% set in 1997.

As soon as the season was over, Skelton was selected to play in the prestigious East-West Shrine game in January and received an invitation to the NFL Combine. His career with the Cardinals will begin this fall. Skelton’s younger brother, Stephen Skelton, FCRH ’11, also plays for the Rams, serving as tight end. No word yet if the younger Skelton will be the next Ram to enter the NFL.

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