Former Waupaca High School quarterback Brock Jensen signed a free-agent contract with the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, shortly after the completion of the NFL draft.
Jensen, who capped a stellar career at North Dakota State last fall with a third consecutive Division 1 FCS title, announced his signing with Miami on Twitter about 6:40 p.m.
His tweet said simply: “Officially a Miami Dolphin!!!!! So blessed to have this opportunity!!! #FinsUp.”
“I’m really excited to be a part of the Miami Dolphins,” Jensen said late Saturday night. “It’s just a great opportunity and I’m super blessed to be able to keep playing the game that I love so much. I’m excited to be contributing to their organization.”
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Jensen is the all-time winningest quarterback in FCS history. Some NFL draft experts had him going late in the draft.
Jensen wasn’t invited to the NFL combine in February but did put up solid numbers at North Dakota’s Pro Day in March. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.77 and 4.70 seconds and recorded a 34-inch vertical.
He finished his career at North Dakota State with 8,598 yards passing, 72 touchdowns and a completion percentage of 62.5 percent (703 of 1,124). He also displayed his ability to run the football with 1,240 yards rushing and 35 touchdowns.
Jensen said that the Dolphins didn’t tip their hand in showing their interest in him.
“They didn’t work me out and I didn’t have a visit,” he said. “But they did (apparently) have an interest in me for quite some time. I just didn’t realize the interest. Things escalated during the draft.”
The Dolphins gave Jensen a $10,000 signing bonus and $5,000 in other guarantees, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
Miami has four other quarterbacks on their roster: Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, Pat Devlin and Jordan Rodgers, the younger brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
“I think it’s the perfect fit,” Jensen said. “They only wanted to bring me in. It was a great opportunity and I wasn’t going to let that great opportunity slide.”
Jensen also said he was hoping to be a free agent as the draft reached the later rounds and it became a possibility that he wouldn’t be drafted.
“It came down to free agency and there’s definitely nothing wrong with it,” he said. “When it came down to the end of the seventh round, you kind of hoped you would get to be a free agent so you can pick where you want to go. And that’s what happened with me.”
Jensen also visited the Packers before the draft.
He led Waupaca to the WIAA Division 3 state title in 2008 with a 21-20 victory over Reedsburg.
“(Being signed), you get a chance to reflect back and take a look at what you did in college,” Jensen said. “The people I have around me have been a huge part of what I am today and why I have the opportunity to play with the Miami Dolphins. I give a lot of credit to a lot of people, my coaches and my teamates and most importantly, I just thank God. He has a plan and I feel blessed.”
Ricardo Arguello writes for Post-Crescent Media of Appleton