It wasn’t too long ago that many people would’ve thought Redskins rookie tight end Beau Reliford was instead destined for a professional basketball career.
In fact, Reliford didn’t even begin playing football until junior year in high school.
But that decision has paid dividends for the 6-foot-6 tight end from Florida State University
According to Reliford’s profile on the Florida State Website, Reliford – a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native – excelled on the hardwood at Dillard High School, where he was MVP of the Class 5A state championship game his senior year. In that game, Reliford scored 21 points and had nine rebounds.
Reliford – whose actual first name is Xiangdre – was a Second-Team 5A All-State selection that same season, when he averaged a double-double: 16 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Reliford might’ve picked up football late in high school, but he apparently caught on quickly. He had 500 yards receiving with 10 touchdowns in a senior season when he picked Florida State over LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Virginia.
He continued learning the tight end position for the Seminoles, where as a three-year starter Reliford caught 36 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns. He was also a key contributor to Florida State’s running game, as the Seminoles averaged 151.8 rushing yards per game during Reliford’s tenure.
The Redskins and their fans are certainly hoping that learning curve continues for Reliford here in Washington.
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