Mar 13, 2013 7:50 PM by Andrew Masuda
Former Cal Poly All-American cornerback and current Baltimore Raven Asa Jackson returned to Cal Poly on Wednesday to cheer on his former teammates as they participated in the NFL Pro Day.
Asa himself took part in a Pro Day last March. He went on to become a fifth round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2012 NFL Draft. Jackson was part of the Ravens' Super Bowl champion team earlier this year.
Jackson said it was a thrill to return to where it all started. He also passed on some words of wisdom to his teammates. "I've been telling them all just to relax and let it rip. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain by being out here. So from what saw out here today the boys looked great out there and I'm real happy they were able to hopefully make their dreams come true," said Jackson.
Jackson is one of five former Mustangs, who were drafted in the last seven years. Former Cal Poly All-American Ramses Barden was taken by the New York Giants in 2009. Jackson won a Super Bowl with the Giants in 2012.
Both Jackson and Barden are pioneers as far as the Mustangs are concerned.
"It's just huge for our program and huge for putting a spotlight on us that there are guys who can play at the next level and I really appreciate them because we might not even have as many people as we did out today if it wasn't for them," said linebacker Kennith Jackson, who was one of the six Mustangs to participate in Pro Day drills on Wednesday.
The other three recent Mustang draftees include defensive back Courtney Brown in 2008 by the Dallas Cowboys, defensive end Chris Gocong in 2007 by the Philadelphia Eagles and linebacker Jordan Beck in 2006 by the Atlanta Falcons.
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