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Posted Apr 30, 2017

Hansen and Donahue Have Dealt with Adversity, Leggett's Winning Pedigree


Chad Hansen

1. Earning Your Stripes — Coming out of high school, Hansen’s lone scholarship offer came from Idaho State. After tallying 45 receptions for 501 yards and three touchdowns as a true freshmen, he transferred to the University of California's football team as a walk-on.

2. Small Town to Big City — Hansen was born and raised in Fillmore, CA, a city with a population of roughly 15,000 people. Cal’s undergraduate body is almost twice that amount with of 27,496 and even though the Jets technically practice and play in New Jersey, Hansen will deal with a heavy population.

3. Horn Down — Hansen’s touchdown celebration against the University of Texas on Sep. 17 went viral. He threw up the Longhorns symbol and forced his wrist down, pointing the horns to the floor, which was viewed over 400,000 times on ESPN’s Instagram account.

“Oh my god. I didn’t know it was that big,” Hansen said in an interview with CalTV. “Me and Jack Austin were sitting on the bus riding here from the hotel on the day of the game and told me to do something a little different than the typical horns down. Thankfully I scored and I was able to use that. It worked out pretty well.”


Jordan Leggett
1. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner — Leggett’s college career has been filled with success as his time in Clemson involved four bowl victories and a national championship.

Freshmen year: Orange Bowl vs. Ohio State
Sophomore year: Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Oklahoma
Junior year: Orange Bowl vs. Oklahoma,
Senior year: Fiesta Bowl vs. Ohio State, National championship vs. Alabama

Leggett’s only bowl loss was to Alabama his Junior year.

2. 16 — Leggett wore No. 16 for the Tigers in honor of his friend and high school teammate, Ian Lockwood. Lockwood wore No. 10 and Leggett No. 6, adding up to 16. Unfortunately, Lockwood passed away from cancer in 2011. In addition to his jersey number, he also wears a Livestrong bracelet as a reminder of Lockwood.


Dylan Donahue
1. Following Dad’s Footsteps — Donahue’s father, Mitch, played two years on both the 49ers and Broncos. Dylan wear’s the same number as his father, No. 49.

2. Raise the Roof — While Donahue struggled to find the gridiron because of his grades, he took on a job for his father’s roofing company before getting back into football. He vivdly recalls the exact moment to put the pads and chinstrap on for good.

“One day I was driving my dad’s work van—which I hated driving,” Donahue told Sports Illustrated. “I was just looking around. Is this really what I want to do with my life? Do I really want to stop and join the rest of my friends that are out here just working? … I’m just wasted talent.”







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