The son of the former undisputed world cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will attempt to decay a career in the NFL after being signed by the Carolina Panthers, the club confirmed Monday. (photo by 247Sports)
Elijah Holyfield, who ran back with the University of Georgia last season, was one of four undrafted free agents signed by the franchise.
The 20-year-old rushed for 1,000 meters to the Bulldog's last season, but his draft stock dropped as he could only manage a relatively weak 4.78 sec for the 40-yard dash on the NFL Draft Combine.
Most current backs typically aim at a time under 4.50 seconds for the combined benchmark sprint. A total of 25 round backs were selected in the draft, which was wrapped this weekend.
Nevertheless, Holyfield has gained a reputation as a solid ball carrier in Georgia, and will now seek to spike down a permanent place on the Panthers roster with Christian McCaffrey.
Speaking before the draft last week, Holyfield told him he would be the "hardest guy in the room" if he chose.
"I think I can help change the culture and add some toughness to the team," he said.
"If you want a guy who can do everything about driving back, I'm your guy."