Before Ja’Juan Seider was a highly sought-after college football running backs coach, he was an NFL quarterback prospect with a promising future. In fact, he was selected in the sixth round (205th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, only six selections behind New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady has become, in many people’s estimation, the greatest quarterback in history. But no one thought so much was possible for Brady entering the draft, including famed analyst Mel Kiper Jr. In fact, Kiper ranked Seider ahead of Brady on his draft board.
Here’s a small world item… On an NFL Films show, they did a retrospective on Tom Brady being drafted so late. Among those Mel Kiper rated ahead of TB12? New PSU FB assistant @coachseider. pic.twitter.com/oQ6mu8g1Qm
— Jeremy Reeder (@TheJeremyReeder) June 13, 2018
Seider spent the first four years of his college career as a backup at West Virginia. He then transferred to Florida A&M and put up impressive numbers in 1999, throwing for 2,512 yards and 27 touchdowns. The efforts earned him Doug Williams National Offensive Player of the Year honors.
His NFL career never got off the ground, so Seider turned his attention to coaching. After years working on various high school and college staffs, Seider was hired to be the running backs coach at West Virginia ahead of the 2013 season. From there he went to Florida in 2017 before joining the Nittany Lions in January. Brady, 40, is entering his 19th NFL season. He has five Super Bowl rings.