Greensboro, NC (4/20/98) -- Guilford College senior Junior Lord (Greenwich, CT/Brunswick Academy) signed a free-agent contract with the National Football League's (NFL) Washington Redskins Monday afternoon. The 6-2, 198-pound wide receiver becomes Guilford's first professional football signee since 1985 and the program's first since moving from the NAIA to the NCAA Division III ranks in 1991.
Washington worked out Lord in February where he impressed the coaching staff with solid performances in the 40-yard dash (4.54), vertical leap (35.5") and standing broad jump (10'7"). The Redskins contacted Lord during Sunday's NFL Draft and offered him a standard free-agent contract later in the day. Lord signed the deal Monday and reports to Washington on Thursday for a battery of tests.
Lord completed a brilliant career on the gridiron where he set 10 school records and six Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) records. He leaves as the college's career receiving and scoring leader with 201 catches for 3,089 yards and 33 touchdowns. Lord became the first player in league history to receive first team All-ODAC honors in each of his four seasons.
A 1997 third-team Hewlett-Packard Division III All-America pick, Lord led Coach Mike Ketchum's Quakers to a school-record 8-2 season and a share of the ODAC title. Lord made a Guilford-record 64 receptions for an ODAC-record 1,094 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior. He ranked 16th among the nation's receptions per game leaders (7.1), eighth in receiving yards per game (121.6) and 10th in scoring (12.2 ppg).