Hutchinson CC Sports Information
For the second time in three seasons, there will be a former Hutchinson Community College football player in the Super Bowl.
Who will it be? And there could be two former Blue Dragons playing for a world championship at the end of play on Sunday.
Heading into the NFC and AFC championships games this weekend, three former Blue Dragons remain alive in the NFL playoffs.
First on Sunday, Alvin Kamara and the New Orleans Saints will play Gerald Everett and the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game at 2:05 p.m. the Superdome in New Orleans.
Later on Sunday, Cordarrelle Patterson and the New England Patriots take on the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC Championship at 5:40 p.m. from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
Kamara and Everett were Blue Dragon teammates in 2014. Patterson played for the Blue Dragons in 2010 and 2011.
"Blue Dragon football has been a launch pad to many special places for many young men," Blue Dragon head coach Rion Rhoades said. "Having three former Blue Dragon players on three of the final four teams in the 2019 NFL Playoffs is a great illustration of the type of elite players we've had in our program.
"It is also a great indicator of all the hard work, dedication and commitment of the entire HutchCC family to our student-athletes as they helped them grow and develop during their time at Hutch.
"We are extremely proud of all that our former players have accomplished in major college football and the NFL.
"We wish CP, Alvin and Gerald the best in the AFC and NFC Championship games this weekend."
The 2014 Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year and NJCAA All-American continues to be a focal point of the Saints' high-powered offense in Kamara's second year in New Orleans.
A fantasy football owner's dream player, Kamara has 1,590 yards from scrimmage with 18 total touchdowns. Running the ball, Kamara had 883 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. He caught 81 passes for 7-0 yards and four scores.
Kamara was named the 2018 Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. A 2018 Pro Bowl selection, Kamara led all 2017 rookies with 14 total touchdowns and ranked second with 1,554 scrimmage yards. Kamara led all rookies with 81 receptions, the third-most by a rookie running back in NFL history.
He was drafted in the third round out of Tennessee in the third round.
In 2014, Kamara became the 17th Hutchinson running back to reach 1,000 yards in a season. Kamara finished 10th on the Blue Dragon single-season rushing list with 1,211 yards on 172 carries. He's averaged 7.0 yards per carry, which ranks second in team history.
With 21 total touchdowns, Kamara tied for second place on Hutch's single-season list. His 126 points are also tied for second place with Mack Herron.
Patterson is the most-decorated Blue Dragon football player in program history.
Patterson was only the third Blue Dragon ever to be a two-time NJCAA All-American. Patterson was also named the 2011 Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year. When he completed his Hutchinson career, he owned 16 career or single-season or single-game Blue Dragon records.
In 2011, Patterson caught a career-high 61 passes for 924 yards and he accounted for 1,814 all-purpose yards in helping the Blue Dragons.
This season with the Patriots, Patterson had 21 catches for 247 yards and three touchdowns. He's rushed for 228yards on 42 carries and one score and has returned 23 kickoffs for an average of 28.8 yards with a 95-yard touchdown.
Patterson is the first-ever first-round NFL Draft pick in program history after being taken with the 29th overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2013 NFL Draft.
All he did in an impressive rookie season was set an unbreakable NFL record for the longest kickoff return in league history of 109 yards against the Green Bay Packers. For the 2013 season, Patterson returned 43 kickoffs for an average of 32.4 yards per return, one of the best return averages in NFL history.
In addition to his NFL kickoff record, Patterson became the first NFL player in history to record a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 75-yard touchdown reception for a touchdown and a 50-yard rushing touchdown in the same season.
After four seasons with the Vikings, Patterson played one season for the Oakland Raiders in 2017 before going to the Patriots this season.
Everett was the he highest-drafted Blue Dragon in the 2017 NFL Draft, going in the second round to the Los Angeles Rams with the 44th overall pick. Everett is the second-highest drafted Blue Dragon in history.
This season with the Rams, Everett caught 33 passes for 320 yards and three touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was the game-winning score in the Rams' wild 54-51 victory over the Chiefs midway through the season.
Everett never appeared in a game with the Blue Dragons in 2014. The 6-foot-3, 239-pound tight end played only one year of high school football. Then after his time in Hutchinson, he moved onto Alabama-Birmingham where he caught 17 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown in 2014.
UAB dropped football, which forced Everett to transfer to South Alabama. He earned first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2015 and 2016 with a combined 90 receptions for 1,292 yards and 12 touchdowns.