Calvin Pryor, From Port St. Joe to New York City

Panama City Beach, FL---The bright lights of New York City extended their shine to Port St. Joe, Florida Thursday night at the NFL Draft, as former Shark great and Louisville star safety Calvin Pryor was selected 18th overall in the first round by the New York Jets.

He returned to his hometown from his new home of NYC Friday night at Beaches International Airport from Radio City Music Hall, finishing the long journey he's made from little Port St. Joe, to the Big Apple.

"So many things will been running through my head," said Pryor, thinking of about the first time he'll put on his Jets uniform. "Just how far I've come in life, just to have a chance to run out that tunnel and just have a moment to look at the lights and just reflect on how far I've came. A small kid, coming out of Port St. Joe, a very small town with just two stop lights. Now you talk about playing in the city of New York. It's only the beginning and I'm looking forward to big things happening in the future."

Week two of the NFL season will be circled by all football fans in the Panhandle. That's where Pryor and his Jets will travel to Green Bay to face Panama City's own and third round pick Khyri Thornton and his Green Bay Packers.

The two have played not just against each other in high school, but twice in college while Calvin suited up for the Cardinals and Thornton took the field with Southern Miss. Now, they'll meet once again, this time, on the sports' highest level.


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