Vancouver-born Christian Covington is now the latest British Columbian to reach the NFL ranks.
Covington was selected in the sixth round, 216th overall, by the Houston Texans on the final day of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Covington, who played high school football with the Vancouver College Fighting Irish, declared for the draft following his junior season at Rice University.
Rice University is located in Houston which, in some ways, makes Covington also a local product for his new NFL club.
- Christian is the son of CFL Hall-of-Famer Grover Covington. Grover spent his entire CFL career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and was part of the 1986 Grey Cup-winning team.
- Christian chose to forego his senior season at Rice to enter the NFL draft. Last year, he finished with 20 tackles and three sacks.
- In 2013, Christian had 11.5 tackles for losses and four sacks earning All-Conference USA first-team honours.
- In his final season at Vancouver College, he had 15 sacks and 89 tackles in 14 games earning BC High School Football's most valuable defensive player award while guiding the Fighting Irish to the 2010 Sr. Varsity AAA Subway Bowl championship.
- Christian was the only Canadian selected in the 2015 NFL Draft.
- Christian is the first Canadian ever selected by the Texans.
- Of the 32 Canadians who have been drafted in the modern era (since 1983), Christian is the fourth BC-born joining Danny Watkins (Kelowna), Mitch Berger (Kamloops) and Teyo Johnson (White Rock). Jerome Pathon, who grew up in North Vancouver and attended Carson Graham Secondary, was born in Cape Town, South Africa.
- According to the CFL Scouting Bureau's final rankings, Christian is the top-ranked player for the 2015 CFL Draft. The CFL Draft will be held on May 12 and can be seen on TSN.
- Christian attended Football BC's Senior Bowl camp in 2011. Although he was not an active participant due to the fact he had just committed to Rice University, he still came out to the camp and worked with the coaching staff during that week.
Lemar Durant (Coquitlam, Centennial Centaurs/SFU Clan) and Sukh Chungh (Port Coquitlam, Terry Fox Ravens) have both been invited to New York Giants mini-camp.