PV grad Jordan Rigsbee prepares for NFL draft

Apr 6, 2016 11:14 PM by Ross Field

The NFL draft is three weeks away and one player from Chico has a chance to be selected by a team. Action News Now's Ross Field caught up Jordan Rigsbee as he prepares for the next step in his career.

Pleasant Valley High School graduate Jordan Rigsbee starred for Cal.

Now he's hoping to take the next step, getting drafted by an NFL team.

"It's something that as you grow up you think about, but you don't necessarily think it's going to become a reality until it starts to set in," Rigsbee said. "I've been training really hard and I'm just going to see where it goes."

His hometown couldn't be more excited.

"I mean this is unbelievable for me," said Sterling Jackson.

Sterling Jackson was Rigsbee's head coach at PV. He says with all Jordan's success, he still hasn't forgotten his roots.

"He's never forgotten Pleasant Valley High School. He's never forgotten his friends that he's played with, that he's grown up with. He knows what has made him who he is today," said Jackson.

Rigsbee is hoping to become the third Pleasant Valley alum in the modern era to get drafted, following in the footsteps of current NFL players Geoff Swaim and Aaron Rodgers.

"Geoff was one of my good buds in high school. When he got drafted last year I couldn't have been more excited for him and I'm just excited to take my turn and see where life is going to take me in the next few months," said Rigsbee.

Several draft experts predict Rigsbee will be a late round pick, but what he accomplished during his time at Cal has to have grabbed the attention of all 32 teams.

During his four seasons, Rigsbee started all 49 possible games at four different positions.

"I'm going into the draft as an interior guard and center. The more positions you can play, the more valuable you are and the better chance you have," said Rigsbee.

So which team does the 6'5", 305-pounder want to draft him?

"I do not care! When it comes down to it the team that's going to believe in me and give me a shot, that's going to be my favorite team," said Rigsbee.

One thing is for sure, the team that takes a chance on him will have a lot more fans from the Chico area.

"When someone comes from Pleasant Valley High School, you know 'once a Viking, always a Viking,' and we're going to be there supporting him 100-percent," concluded Jackson.


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