MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama State quarterback Tarvaris Jackson had intended on watching both days of the 2006 National Football League Draft at home with his family.
But that changed on Saturday when the Minnesota Vikings called his name in the second round of the draft.
He was the 64th overall selection and fifth quarterback pick.
Jackson admitted his shock at being chosen at the end of the second round by the Vikings. Minnesota made a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers to move up and nab him.
Alabama State head coach Charles Coe said he expected Jackson's name to be called early in the process.
Jackson is the highest quarterback selected from Alabama State and is only the third player selected in the second round.
He is the first Alabama State player drafted by the NFL since former wide receiver and current coach Reggie Barlow was selected in the fourth round in 1995.