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Christian Hackenberg gets NFL call while playing cornhole game in backyard

If there’s anything that sums up former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg perfectly, it’s this.

The 21-year-old was picked up by the New York Jets in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night, and the pickup-driving Virginia native was in his backyard playing a game of cornhole — or “bags” or “baggos” depending on which part of the country you’re from — when he got the call.

His private coach, Jordan Palmer, posted a photo on his Instagram page of the, ah, “wild” action:


Why watch the draft when there's a perfectly good corn hole set out back..?

A photo posted by Jordan Palmer (@jwpalms) on

Of course, Hackenberg got plenty excited when the phone call did come:


What a night. What a great situation. J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets

A video posted by Jordan Palmer (@jwpalms) on

The young quarterback will join veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, a free agent who the Jets hope to re-sign to a one-year deal to mentor Hackenberg, as well as Geno Smith and Bryce Petty.

Get all the backyard peace and quiet in that you can, Hack. You’re heading to the City that Never Sleeps (or stops yelling).

Jourdan Rodrigue: 814-231-4629, @JourdanRodrigue