Former Utah State defensive back Maurice Alexander works out during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Maurice Alexander could return to Edward Jones Dome this year. This time, though, he won’t be picking up trash in stands.
In one of the most amazing stories of the 2014 NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams selected Alexander, a former star safety at Utah State, in the fourth round Saturday with the 110th overall pick.
Just two years ago, Alexander’s NFL dreams took an ugly turn when he was kicked off the team and sentenced to a year in jail after punching a Utah State teammate in the face at a party. Alexander’s sentence was reduced to 45 days, but he was forced to return to his hometown of Eureka, Mo., where he found work as a janitor at the Rams’ home stadium.
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Fast forward to 2014, where Alexander has the chance to play in the same building where he toiled as a custodian less than two years ago.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound safety returned to the Aggies in 2013 and was named an honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference player. He ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.
Alexander kept his message of gratitude short and sweet after the Rams drafted him: