Jordan Lynch had a fantastic career at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, as the team’s starting quarterback. He was a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy, but finished third in the voting. However, the Bears view him as a running back.
The Bears were the only team that Lynch worked out for, and when the team drafted quarterback, David Fales, in the sixth round of the NFL draft this past Saturday, he thought his chance of playing for the team he rooted for growing up was slim to none.
However, Bears’ Head Coach, Marc Trestman, called him in the middle of the seventh round and those chances changed. He said, “Look man, I want you here“, Agent, Cliff Brady said. Trestman told Lynch, “I have 10 different things I can do with you, come with us. Come here and we’ll make it work.”
Lynch threw for 2,892 yards and 24 touchdowns during his senior season and also rushed for 1,920 yards. He holds NCAA records for rushing yards in a season, most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game with 321, most 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback in a season with 12, and most rushing yards per game by a quarterback with 137.1. Those stats are part of the reason why the team views him as a running back.
Lynch says he is not worried about what position he plays for the Bears. He just wants to make the team, “Whatever I can do to help a team out, I’m willing to do,” he told the Chicago Tribune. “I’ll run down the field on special teams.”
The Mt. Carmel High School alumni has been proving people wrong since he has been playing, and the future looks like he will be continuing that trend.