Six East Texans picked in NFL Draft

By Maya Golden - bio | email
Posted by Dana Hughey bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A big weekend for East Texans with pro dreams.

Saturday afternoon Robert E. Lee graduate Brandon Pettigrew went from Oklahoma State Cowboy to Detroit Lion.

The tight end was the 20th overall pick in the 2009 draft. On Sunday, Brandon was introduced to Lions fans with all of Detroit's first day draft picks.

"They invited me up for a visit, I came up and I had a good feeling about it," Brandon said. "I visited with the coaches and we got on the board and I got a good vibe from them. When the 20th pick came around, I kind of waited around and when the phone rang it happened."

An East Texan will play for ''America's Team.''

Former Tatum Eagle Stephen Hodge was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round. Stephen already knows the Metroplex well, having played for TCU. KLTV 7 Sports Director Maya Golden spoke to Stephen shortly after he was picked about playing for the team he grew up watching.

"I guess you can say, it's a dream come true," Stephen said. "Jerry (Jones) called and he just let me know he was excited to have me on the team and I got to speak with Wade Phillips the head coach."

"I feel like I'm going to be a part of a great organization and then just having the whole state of Texas supporting you, everyone knows the cowboys are the best. So, I'll be playing for the best team there is."

Stephen is not the only East Texan joining the 'Boys.

In the seventh round, with the 229th overall pick, Dallas nabbed former Gilmer Buckeye Manuel Johnson. As an Oklahoma Sooner Manuel had 17 touchdowns and 1,710. Johnson led the Gilmer Buckeyes to a state title as quarterback in 2004.

In the fifth round, former TJC Apache Johnny Knox was selected by the Chicago Bears. After his days at TJC, Knox went on to play for Abilene Christian.

Former Rusk Eagle Cody Glenn also picked on day two. Glenn was the 158th overall pick, selected by the Washington Redskins.

Late in the sixth round, San Augustine native and former SFA 'Jack Dominique Edison was the 206th pick taken by the Tennessee Titans.

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