C.J. Conrad is back.
First reported by 247’s Derek Terry, the former Kentucky tight end will return to Lexington in the fall of 2020 as an off-the-field graduate assistant while he works to complete his master’s degree in sports leadership. “I’m glad to be back,” he Tweeted.
The move is only one year after Conrad’s successful career concluded at Kentucky. Poor timing railroaded his NFL aspirations. While performing medical tests at the NFL Combine, doctors discovered a heart condition that required further tests and sidelined him for the physical testing portion of the event. Eventually he was cleared to return to football, but instead of being selected as a mid to late round draft pick, Conrad went undrafted and spent most of the season on the New York Giants’ practice squad.
Conrad played a significant role in the resurrection of the Kentucky football program. A four-year starer at tight end, every six passes he caught resulted in a touchdown, gaining more than 1,000 yards receiving and scoring 12 times in his career. As a senior he helped the Wildcats complete a ten-win season and win the Citrus Bowl after securing a walk-off touchdown reception on an untimed down at Missouri.