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West Grad Jefferson Glad for Football Finale

<br><font size="2">He graduates as one of the most exciting football players to ever suit up in central Illinois.</font>

WMBD/WYZZ-TV - BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - He graduates as one of the most exciting football players to ever suit up in central Illinois.

Alex Jefferson just also happens to be an excellent baseball player.

"God has blessed me with the ability to play different sports," said Jefferson. "I'm glad I get to go to college to play baseball but also have an opportunity like this to play football."

The Normal West product suited up one final time as one of the players in Saturday's Shriner's High School All-Star game. He scored a touchdown and was named one of the MVP's on the East squad.

"I'd much rather come out here and have an OK day and know that I go to play football one more time than not have the opportunity at all," said Jefferson.

When the 5-10, 170-pound Jefferson had to make a decision on his career path, he choose a baseball scholarship at Missouri State over any football offers he had from smaller schools.

"I love baseball more than football," said Jefferson. "And my options were limited in the postion I could play in football because of my height. They like quarterbacks to be a little taller."

He was the little guy that could pack a big football punch. But with his football days behind him, he can now totally focus on baseball.

"It's cool to see the opportunity unfolding before me," said Jefferson, who will play outfield in college. "So I'm going to try and do the best I can every day and do well at Missouri State."

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