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Vernon Adams Jr. invited to NFL Combine

Vernon Adams Jr., put on a display during the East West Shrine football game on Jan. 23, but he still isn’t getting much attention from NFL teams. (Chris O'Meara / Associated Press)
Vernon Adams Jr., put on a display during the East West Shrine football game on Jan. 23, but he still isn’t getting much attention from NFL teams. (Chris O'Meara / Associated Press)

Vernon Adams Jr. is trending.

Four days after an MVP performance in the East-West Shrine Game, the former Eastern Washington All-America quarterback received the prize he’s been seeking for months: an invitation to the NFL Combine.

“God is great,” Adams told his 12,000-plus Twitter followers after getting the news Wednesday morning.

Moments later, congratulations poured in. “Keep grinding … your hard work will continue to pay off – happy for you,” Tweeted former EWU wide receiver Ashton Clark, one of Adams’ favorite targets in 2012 and 2013.

The news wasn’t surprising in the wake of his lone season at Oregon, where he was the highest-rated passer in the nation. Adams followed that at the Shrine Game by completing 6 of 9 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns.

It’s still an uphill battle for the 5-foot-11 Adams, but many analysts believe Adams has a legitimate shot at the NFL.

Said CBSSports.com analyst Rob Rang: “Adams did everything short of growing 6 inches to boost his NFL stock. Adams baited defenders with his eyes and a pump-fake to create throwing lanes, before delivering perfect strikes for scores.”

“It was the kind of performance that could turn some doubters into believers,” Rang said.

And how is Adams handling all of this? “Life is what you make it,” he said this week on Twitter.

If the NFL doesn’t work out, he’s expected to give the CFL a shot. He also might return to Oregon to pursue a coaching career, he said recently.

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