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UL Praises Former Ragin' Cajun for Superbowl Run

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Posted at 6:28 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 19:36:09-05

Former Ragin' Cajun, Elijah McGuire never gave up on his NFL dream, even after a series of battles including a foot injury and being placed on injured reserved. The Louisiana native was ultimately cut from the New York Jets and had a quick run with the Cleveland Browns before he would land with the Kansas City Chiefs.

"We all followed his journey the whole way because we knew the type of person he was, the type of player he was," said former teammate Effrem Reed. " Knowing how hard working and dedicated he was, we knew one stop wouldn't be it for him."

Reed played alongside McGuire with the Cajuns, now a wide receiver graduate assistant for the team, Reed says McGuire's journey is an inspiration for current players.

"This is a stepping stone for them to see, maybe if I work a little bit harder put a little more time in it, maybe I too can accomplish the same goals."

Reed is hoping McGuire's story will shine light on his Alma mater as they are coming off an 11-3 winning season, hoping to compete with power five schools in recruiting and competitively.

"Steal some of those wins. You know I think it will help in the long run with whoever comes and takes this position years and years to come. You want this place to be what it can be. That's a G-5 power house."