Eagles' Akpla turns incredible catch into NFL chance
Plenty of college players build decorated NCAA careers on the field to get noticed by NFL teams.
For others it takes a single play to open up eyes at the pro level.
That was exactly the case for Eagles wide receiver Elvis Akpla. Akpla transferred from Oregon to Montana State and had a strong career at the FCS level, catching 127 passes for 2,107 yards in three seasons. However, that wasn't enough to garner real consideration from NFL teams.
That all changed with one grab.
Akpla made an unbelievable leaping grab in an FCS playoff game against Sam Houston State that not only caught the attention of highlight reels everywhere but also NFL scouts. Check out the catch below.
The grab certainly helped garner interest from NFL teams and Akpla signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent, although he didn't fully realize the scope of the play.
"I knew it was a good catch but I didn't know it was that extravagant," Akpla said to Yahoo! Sports.
Obviously, Akpla isn't easily impressed. That might have to do with the 6-1, 190-pound wideout's other endeavors. Akpla, who studied biology and neuroscience at Montana State, has plans of going to medical school.
That can wait for now as Akpla chases his dream of making an NFL roster and perhaps another show-stopping catch.