- Associated Press - Monday, April 10, 2017

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A former University of Michigan linebacker has decided to enlist with the Michigan State Police.

State police extended a conditional job offer to Cameron Gordon, 25, which would make him an official member of the next trooper recruiting school, the Detroit News (http://detne.ws/2ojOWQ5 ) reported.

The Detroit native signed as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots in 2014, but was waived by the team a year later. He then signed a reserve-futures contract with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, but was recently cut by them. His football career includes three stress fractures in his back, a knee injury and multiple concussions.

“I came to the realization that I just wasn’t performing the way that I once was,” Gordon said. “So I said, ‘What is another career that will allow me to have an impact, have influence on younger kids and also leave behind a positive legacy?’ Instantly, state trooper - law enforcement - jumped into my mind.”

Gordon, who is black, would complement the department’s efforts to boost diversity in what is a more than 88 percent white, and more than 90 percent male police force as of March 25.

“I feel like I can be the difference and have a positive impact,” he said.

The department said the 24-week residential program at MSP Training Academy trains recruits in firearms, water safety, defensive tactic and ethics among others.

“I’ve heard it’s tough,” Gordon said. “I don’t want to go in there thinking, ‘Oh, man, I played pro. This is going to be easy.’ I don’t want to take it lightly.”

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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