Saints tight end Jimmy Graham played basketball at Miami. Antonio Gates did the same at Kent State. The same could be said for Tony Gonzalez at Cal, and Broncos tight end Julius Thomas at Portland State.
Former Cal State Fullerton power forward Andre Hardy hopes to walk in those basketball-turned-football players’ footsteps. Hardy has hired an agent, Bardia Ghahremani, and scheduled a Pro Day-style workout for Wednesday, April 4 at noon at Hoover High School in San Diego. Ghahremani told PFT that five teams have already confirmed they’ll attend.
Hardy is listed at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds with an expected forty time in the range of 4.71. He’s also done 20 bench press reps of 225 pounds and can jump 35 inches vertically. Hardy averaged 7.0 points per game and 5.6 rebounds in four seasons on the hardwood, two at Oral Roberts before he transferred to CSU Fullerton for his junior and senior campaigns.
While Hardy spent the last four years playing hoops, football does run in his family. Hardy’s father, also named Andre, was a fifth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1984 and spent three seasons in the NFL.