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It has been three years since the last time Iowa State had a player selected in the NFL Draft, but it has been more than 10 times as long since the Cyclones last had a player selected in the first round.

Georges Amundson in 1973 is the last Cyclone to be taken in the first round of the draft. The All-American quarterback was taken with the 14th pick by the Houston Oilers.

Amundson posted 4,798 yards of total offense during his time with the Cyclones. He is the only player in program history with 2,000 yards rushing (2,130) and 2,000 yards passing (2,668) in his career.

He led the Cyclones to the Liberty Bowl in 1972 after rushing for a school-record 1,260 yards in 1971. Amundson went on to play three seasons in the NFL and remains the highest NFL draft pick in program history.

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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