Jamal Adams, former safety at Louisiana State University, has two things to look forward to on draft day.
He’s projected to be selected in the top half of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. And if all goes well, he will win a long-standing bet with his father, George, who was selected 19th overall in the 1985 NFL Draft and played running back for the New York Giants and New England Patriots.
“I told him [when I was] 10 that I was going to be drafted higher than him,” Jamal told STACK. “But we still have a bet until this day, and hopefully I’m drafted higher than him.”
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Jamal has a strong chance to win his bet. Beyond his college football résumé, we saw him training for three days at EXOS (Phoenix), and he put on an incredible display of strength, speed and overall athleticism.
We followed up with Jamal after our exclusive sit-down interview, and he told us that the bet was for $40,000. However, he’s not sure that his Dad will pay up.
“I think it’s just all friendly and competitive, but that bond is something that cannot be broken,” he said. “We have a tremendous relationship and it’s definitely going to keep getting better.”
Even if George loses this bet, we’re sure he will consider it a win given that his son is about to become the centerpiece of an NFL defense for years to come.
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