ST. MATTHEWS — As the picks were slowly revealed Friday night, Alshon Jeffery waited.
Unconcerned with the thought that two wide receivers were chosen before him, the former Calhoun County standout and 2008 T&D All-Area selection knew his time would come. Just before 8 p.m., he got the call that he was looking for.
Looks like pumping gas won’t be in his future.
“I was just watching and just letting the chips fall where they may,” Jeffery said. “I knew some team was going to select and I did visit Chicago. So, I knew that it was a strong possibility that they would select me. I’m just blessed and I’m ready to get started.”
Jeffery, who will wear number 17 according to the Bears website, finished his career at the University of South Carolina with 183 receptions, 3,042 receiving yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 games with over 100 receiving yards. He will join forces with another former SEC star in quarterback Jay Cutler as well as Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall. Having the opportunity to add his talent to Lovie Smith’s team is something that Jeffery is definitely looking forward to.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “They’ve got a great defense and they’ve got great offensive weapons. I can’t wait to get started. Hopefully, we can bring a championship to the Bears.”
The move to Chicago means that Jeffery will have to get used to colder weather. Nevertheless, the former Gamecock is not all too concerned with that.
“The weather isn’t going to make me play better or worse,” Jeffery said. “I’ve got to play rain, sleet, snow or whatever. It is called ‘The Windy City.’ So, I’m going to get used to it.”
Jeffery knows that there are a few things that he will need to work on as he prepares to take his game to the National Football League, but he also knows that his work ethic will be a major factor in him becoming the receiver that the Chicago Bears are expecting him to be.
“I’m going to just work hard every day to get better and better,” Jeffery said. “It doesn’t matter. I can go out and make Pro Bowl in my first year, but I’m going to continue to just work hard and continue to achieve all of my goals. When I’m done playing football, I want to be at the top.”