Penn State Alumnus Chris Godwin Drafted by Tampa Bay Buccaneers


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Chris Godwin

A retired financial executive, Reid Hackney managed IT and accounting functions for Dressbarn from 2000 to 2012 and recently served as chief financial officer for AGACI. Reid Hackney graduated from Penn State in 1979 and remains an avid fan of the school’s Nittany Lions football team.

As of the start of 2017 training camp, there were 36 Penn State alumni on National Football League (NFL) rosters, including Chris Godwin, the only member of the 2016 team to be selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. Godwin, a six-foot-one, 205-pound wide receiver, was drafted 84th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is expected to compete for the fourth wide receiver role behind an impressive core of players, including newly signed DeSean Jackson, Adam Humphries, and Mike Evans.

In three seasons with Penn State, Godwin recorded a combined 2,421 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. He had a breakthrough junior campaign last season and finished the year with 11 touchdowns and 982 receiving yards. Although Godwin was the only Penn State player to be drafted in 2017, four others have since signed professional contracts. Linebacker Brandon Bell agreed to a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, defensive lineman Garrett Sickels signed with the Indianapolis Colts, safety Malik Golden signed with the San Francisco 49ers, and defensive end Evan Schwan agreed to a deal with the New York Giants.