The most productive Illinois Fighting Illini defensive football player has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals per Illini Head Coach Tim Beckman’s twitter account.
Proud of our Fighting Illini! Lankford-Dolphins Brown-Cards Wilson-Cowboys
— Tim Beckman (@coachbeckman) May 11, 2014
While many thought Jonathan Brown would be taken during the draft proper, myself included, things just didn’t quite work out that way. It doesn’t seem to be deterring Brown though.
I want to first give thanks to GOD!! He truly has a plan for my life and I’m learning everyday how to… http://t.co/aBgQrfGCjR
— Jonathan Brown (@J_B_45) May 11, 2014
The above tweet links to the message that Brown posted on his instagram account moments ago:
“I want to first give thanks to GOD!! He truly has a plan for my life and I’m learning everyday how to walk in the plan he has set forth for me. The Arizona cardinals organization for giving me an opportunity to showcase my talents and all the work I have put in up to this point in has been a long route. My family for being by my side today, they have been my backbone and support system and without then there is no way I could accomplish all the things that I have to this point. I truly appreciate and thank them, my teammates, the Illini nation for four years of support without your support has truly meant a lot and the teams that passed up on me in the draft, because it has added fuel to my fire and in due time you will understand what you missed out on. But for now #gocards and May GOD bless me. Because I have a lot in front of me!!! The marathon has just begun!!”
Having seen first hand what Brown can do on the football field the past 4 seasons I wouldn’t bet against him finding success at the next level.
Good luck in Arizona, Jonathan Brown! Illini Nation will be rooting for your success, right along with every Arizona Cardinals fan out there.