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Two South Georgians wait to hear from NFL

April 25, 2003

It is the dream of every young boy playing football to one day get a chance to play in the NFL.

Two south georgians will be anxiously waiting this weekend to hear their name called in the NFL draft.

Americus' Alonzo Jackson is expected to taken anywhere from the late first round to the third round.

NFL scouts love the Florida State's defensive end's speed and heart but it is his upper body strength that has drawn some concerns.

That is why some teams believe Jackson may have to switch to linebacker in the NFL.

That's alright with Alonzo, he will play any position asked just as long as he gets the chance to play on Sunday.

For this weekend Alonzo Jackson won't be thinking about himself.

Jackson instead will be sharing his long awaited moment with his father, who lost his fight with cancer two weeks ago.

Alonzo Jackson said "I remember I was in middle school and I was a little, short chubby guy and he threw in the weight room. He got me and one of his friends and he pushed me in the weight room and let me get lean and let me get fast. Without my dad, I would not be here today and I know he is watching down on me

Albany's Antwone Savage will also have his eyes on the television set this weekend.

The Oklahoma Sooner is projected to taken as early as the second and possibly as late as the fifth or sixth round.

The former Westover High star has talked with several NFL teams with the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins showing the most interest.

Savage left Norman, Oklahoma second in the Sooner record book in career receptions and has a national title ring.

Now he would like the chance to play for a Super Bowl ring.

Savage said "I always to be in the NFL but after high school when I actually got the chance to go to a D-I school that had alot of television exposure, I said it is all on me. When I went out to play, if I played good it would help me boost my stock up so people would pay attention to me. I did that and know that I that things are happening."

The NFL draft starts at noon Saturday and will end on Sunday.

The Atlanta Falcons will not have a first round draft pick this year after trading it to Buffalo for wide receiver Peerless Price.

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