Eric Decker Drafted By Denver in Third Round

Minnesota wide receiver Eric Decker (Cold Spring, Minn.) was selected by the Denver Broncos in the National Football League Draft Friday night. Decker was the 23rd selection in the third round and the 87th overall selection. Decker finished his Gopher career as Minnesota's career record-holder for receptions, receiving yards and 100-yard receiving games.

Eric Decker also holds Gopher records for single-season receptions and single-game receptions. Decker finished his Minnesota career with 227 receptions for 3,119 yards and 24 touchdowns.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity I the Broncos are giving me," Decker said. "I can't wait to get to Denver, start learning the playbook and get to work. The Broncos are a great organization and I'm really proud to be a part of it."

Decker was a first-team All-Big Ten selection following both the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He was a two-time team captain as well.

Decker was also a baseball standout at Minnesota. He was on the All-Big Ten Tournament team as an outfielder in 2009.

Decker was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft in 2008 and 2009. He was chosen in the 39th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008 and in the 27th round by the Minnesota Twins in 2009. Decker is just the third Gopher since 1966 to letter in football and be selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Decker holds a degree in business marketing education from the University of Minnesota. He is a 2005 graduate of Rocori High School.

Minnesota has now seen at least one of its former football players selected in the NFL Draft in 10 of the last 11 years. Decker is the first Minnesota wide receiver to be selected in the NFL Draft since Ron Johnson in 2002. No other Gopher wide receiver has been selected earlier in an NFL Draft than Decker.

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