A prospect is putting donations to charity on the line when he steps up for the vertical jump at the 2016 NFL Combine, an event in which he is expected to be one of the top performers.
Former Florida Gators cornerback Vernon Hargreaves has teamed up with Pledge It for a creative idea to fundraise donations for the Stand by the Wounded campaign.
Hargreaves is asking fans to pledge a donation for every inch he records in the vertical jump at the NFL Combine. Donations for the cause can be made on the Pledge It website, where Hargreaves explains the campaign.
“As I began my training for the NFL Combine at EXOS in Gulf Breeze, Florida, I thought improving my athletic performance would be the biggest impact the training center would have on me. I quickly realized that their impact far exceeded increasing my vertical leap. EXOS not only trains athletes like myself, but rehabilitates critically wounded military personnel injured in action. My time at EXOS has allowed me to build a special bond with these brave individuals serving our country.
“Join me in supporting critically wounded personnel, veterans, and first responders at the 2016 NFL Combine. Pledge a donation toward every inch I leap in vertical jump to support service men and women.”
Hargreaves is expected to be a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft after back-to-back All-American seasons with the Gators and three consecutive years with First-Team All-SEC honors.
In September 2014, former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow highlighted Hargreaves as his “Freak of the Week” on SEC Network, saying the cornerback can squat 500 pounds and has a 41.5-inch vertical jump.
Defensive backs are the last group to participate in drills at the NFL Combine. Hargreaves is scheduled to participate in the vertical jump on the last day, Monday, Feb. 29.