Blythewood's Bethel Agrees To Contract With Cardinals

9:56 PM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
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(WLTX) --- Former Blythewood and Presbyterian College standout Justin Bethel has come to terms with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals on a four-year contract.

Terms of the deal were not released.

Bethel was selected by the Cardinals in the sixth round of the National Football League's 2012 draft. He was the 177th overall pick and the first for the Blue Hose since 1969. 

He is just the ninth player from PC to be drafted by the NFL and the first since Dan Eckstein, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 15th round in 1969.

Bethel ended his career at PC with several accolades and records. He earned the third All-Conference nod of his career and his and PC's first Defensive Player-of-the-Year award for his performance on the field as a senior. He became the all-time leader in the Big South in blocked kicks this season as well as the all-time leader in career solo blocks.

Bethel leaves PC as the career leader in tackles, as well as interceptions. Bethel led the team in tackles this past season with 87, 3.5 of which were for a loss. He had a sack to his credit and recorded four interceptions, one of which he ran back for a touchdown against PAC-12 member California, where he also had a blocked punt which he ran back for a score for the team's only points of the game.

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