BC’s Alex Amidon may leave football for Navy SEAL dream

Alex Amidon led BC with 1,024 receiving yards last year.
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Alex Amidon led BC with 1,024 receiving yards last year.

Clarification: This story first reported that Amidon was leaving football to focus on becoming a Navy SEAL. But BC associate athletics director Chris Cameron said Amidon had not yet made a decision.

Boston College’s Alex Amidon, who ended his college career at The Heights with three school records, is considering leaving his football career behind to serve his country.

The former Boston College wide receiver and Greenfield, Mass., native may try to become a U.S. Navy SEAL instead of pursuing a potential NFL future, but hasn’t decided which direction he’ll go, according to a BC athletic department official.

BC Interruption first reported Amidon’s interest in the military on Thursday. But on Friday, Chris Cameron, BC’s associate athletics director, said it was premature to suggest Amidon had made up his mind.


“It’s something he might want to do,” Cameron said of Amidon’s interest in the SEALs.

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In 2012, Amidon finished 11th in the NCAA’s top division with 1,210 receiving yards and was named to the All-ACC first team. He led the Eagles in 2013 with 1,024 receiving yards and was named to the All-ACC third team.

He finished his BC career with 191 receptions for 2,792 yards and 15 touchdowns. Amidon set school records for receiving yards in a season, as well as most receptions and receiving yards in a career.

Amidon had the potential to hook on as a late-round draft pick or an undrafted free agent in the NFL this year.

Amidon, along with Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams, shared the 2013 Thomas Scanlan Award, given to the BC senior who is most outstanding in scholarship, athletic ability, and leadership. It is considered BC’s highest football honor.