The last time a Fordham football player was drafted by an NFL team, Lyndon Johnson was president, gas was 34 cents a gallon and the NFL held their second-ever championship game, something called the Super Bowl.
That all changed on April 24 when quarterback John Skelton was drafted in the fifth round by the Arizona Cardinals. He was the 155th player chosen and sixth quarterback selected at the 75th annual NFL draft.
Skelton is the 18th Fordham player to be drafted by an NFL team, the first since the Giants took Kenny Parker in the 16th round in 1968. He is the fourth Fordham player to be drafted by the Cardinals. The first three—Al Bartbartsky in 1938, Mike Kochel in 1939 and John Kuzman in 1941—were taken by the Chicago Cardinals.
Fordham has had two players selected in the first round of the draft: college football and NFL hall of famer Alex Wojciechowicz by the New York Giants in 1938 and Steve Filipowicz by the Detroit Lions in 1943. The Rams have had three players chosen in the third round, one in the fourth and one in the fifth, not including Skelton.
The quarterback, a 2009 Second Team All-Patriot League selection, wrapped up a record-shattering career for the Rams last fall, completing 284 of 441 passes (64.4 percent) for 3,708 yards and 26 touchdowns.
He set new school marks for completions and passing yards, breaking Kevin Eakin’s former school records of 247 completions for 3,072 yards set in 2003, as well as Steve O’Hare’s completion percentage record of 63.1 percent set in 1997. Skelton led the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in passing yards per game with 337.09. He was ranked second in total offense with 348.18 yards per game, fourth in completions per game with 25.82 and 10th in passing efficiency with a 149.95 rating.
Skelton was selected to play in the prestigious East-West Shrine game in January and received an invitation to the NFL Combine.