PORT ST JOE-- Port St. Joe alum Calvin Pryor, pending his signing a contract with the team, is now a member of the New York Jets.
As expected, Pryor, a 2011 alum of Port St. Joe High School, was taken in the first round of Thursday's NFL Draft. He went 18th overall to the Jets.
Pryor and his immediate family in New York for the draft, so he got his moment in the national television spotlight, shaking hands with commissioner Roger Goodell.
Meanwhile back in Port St. Joe many of his other family and friends, and those who have cheered him on all these years, gathered at a place called the Haughty Heron near the Marina there, to watch and wait, and when Pryor's name was called, just a little bit of excitement
could be seen and heard as the crowd erupted in cheers.
A few minutes later Greg Brzozowski getting some reaction from a few folks who know Calvin pretty well, including Herman Beard
"It's like a dream come true for him and me because we prayed and followed him most of his career. Been a good kid, always respectful, plus he's my little baby anyway."
Pryor's high school hoops coach Derek Kurnitsky equated watching the draft to the tension of pacing the bench in a big basketball game.
"I was more nervous watching that, from about the 13th pick to the Jets, I was more nervous than coaching a basketball game. It was worse than coaching a game to go to Lakeland. It was horrible, horrible, I'm glad it's over."
And so the folks down there going home rather happy with a new favorite NFL team.