Juston Christian, NFL?
Marist College has already sent two players to the NFL in recent years. New York Jets kicker Jason Myers ‘13 has starred this season, as he puts together a potential Pro Bowl campaign. Defensive lineman Terrence Fede ‘14 has also enjoyed success with the Buffalo Bills. Now, there may be another player joining that list next season. Marist superstar wide receiver Juston Christian ‘19 has a legitimate chance to make it the National Football League, and has had scouts consistently showing up at Marist games and practices to assess the wideout’s ability to perform at the next level.
The 2018 season marks the third straight year that Christian was named first-team All-Pioneer Football League. He also set a single-season program record with 15 touchdown receptions and became the first player in program history to record two 1,000-yard seasons. Christian is the all-time program leader for touchdown catches in Marist history. According to many, he was among the most dominant offensive players in the PFL this season, opening a potential gateway to the NFL.
For Christian, the NFL possibilities are the product of a dream that began several years ago.
“My goal when I first came here was to surpass Terrence Fede as the greatest player in Marist history,” Christian said.
Christian, who hails from Owings Mills, M.D., is set to graduate in May and, upon earning his diploma, will begin to pursue his journey to the NFL. Christian will most likely have the chance to show his talents at the NFL Scouting Combine, which will begin in February. Christian is confident in his ability to be an impact player for a team going forward. “I’ll just tell them that my talent can translate to the next level. I have really good body control. A lot of guys even at the bigger schools don’t have the ability to make the catches that I’ve put on film,” Christian said.
Christian realizes his higher levels of adversity, coming from a lower-level school like Marist that doesn’t receive the same level of national exposure as an Alabama or a Notre Dame. However, that won’t get in the phenom’s way. “I’ve been consistently productive throughout my entire career. I’ve never really experienced a drop-off with my production. I feel that you can put me up against competition from bigger programs at the all-star games and I’ll show my worth.”
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