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Tennessee State WR who broke Jerry Rice’s record signs with Falcons

Chris Rowland, Tennessee State’s record-breaking WR/KR headed to the NFC South.

The man who broke Jerry Rice’s HBCU record will now get a chance to show he belongs in the pros.

Tennessee State’s Chris Rowland has signed an NFL deal with the Atlanta Falcons. 

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Rowland’s career at Tennessee State started slow, as he caught just 33 passes for one score in his first two seasons. He put up solid numbers — 57 catches for 727 yards and five touchdowns — in a junior season in which he played just eight games.

The 5’8 lightening bolt went all out as a senior, catching 104 passes to top Jerry Rice’s HBCU single-season reception mark. He also starred in the return game, returning both punts and kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior. His accolades earned him several post-season honors, including the Deacon Jones Trophy, given every year to the Black College Football Hall of Fame’s player of the year.

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Tennessee State WR who broke Jerry Rice’s record signs with Falcons
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