Upon graduating from LSU, Jordan Jefferson harbored hopes of a career in the NFL. Despite getting a look from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the CFL Montreal Alouettes, Jefferson did not land permanently in either locale.
The former Destrehan High and LSU quarterback is finally getting his shot at a professional football career after all--with the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League. Jefferson had flirted with playing for the New Orleans VooDoo for months.
Jefferson and his agent had been in constant talks with the VooDoo about playing in New Orleans but New Orleans has a rising star returning to start at quarterback in Kurt Rocco.
In Pittsburgh, Jefferson will have more of a chance to compete for a starting position. The Power have two-year veteran Steven Sheffield and rookie Shane Austin at the position. Sheffield was a backup for San Antonio a year ago, attempting just 10 passes.
Jefferson (6-5, 225, LSU) finished his college career with 4,733 passing yards and 34 touchdowns. He holds the LSU school record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,018 for his career and ranks fifth in school history in passing touchdowns (34), rushing touchdowns (12) and wins as a starter (24).
In 2011, Jefferson guided the Tigers to an undefeated regular season before losing to Alabama in the BCS national championship game. The Louisiana native signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in August 2012 after a brief stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.
At Destrehan High School, Jefferson guided the Wildcats to an unbeaten 15-0 season, culminating with a 41-21 win over Acadiana for the 5A state championship in 2007, the first for the Wildcats in 24 years.
The Power are coached by former VooDoo head coach Derek Stingley, who has Louisiana roots, having lived in Baton Rouge as well. Stingley previously signed star linebacker Alvin Ray Jackson away from the VooDoo. Jackson led the AFL with 14 interceptions in 2012 and was a first-team All-AFL performer.
Stingley also signed offensive lineman and Baton Rouge native Daverin Geralds of Scotlandville High and Ole Miss, who played the last two seasons for the VooDoo. Stingley was instrumental in bringing former VooDoo star wide receiver and kick return man P.J. Berry to Pittsburgh with him in 2012. Berry is currently a free agent.
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