One former standout wide receiver at the University of Georgia is heading to one of the top teams in the NFC.
Tavarres King, who spent five years in Athens (he redshirted his first season) while playing for the Bulldogs, has signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.
It’s a fitting landing spot for King because it’s not everyday you get to play on a team that has your full last name in it.
Minnesota played in the NFC Championship Game last season, losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. King will join a dynamic Vikings receiving unit, led by Stefon Diggs, who last season made one of the greatest plays in NFL history in the divisional round of the playoffs against the New Orleans Saints.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins, who signed an enormous deal with the Vikings earlier this offseason, will be throwing passes to King and Diggs.
Given his long tenure in Athens, King became a valuable member of many Bulldogs teams and a fan favorite. From 2008-12, he caught 136 passes for 2,602 yards and 21 touchdowns. King played with quarterbacks from Matthew Stafford to Aaron Murray.
After being drafted in the fifth round in 2013, King bounced around with a few NFL teams before making an impact with the New York Giants.
In the last two seasons, he played in 15 games for New York, including one in the playoffs, when he caught a touchdown pass against the Green Bay Packers.
Perhaps the only thing he’ll be sad to leave behind in New York is a former Georgia teammate. Former Bulldogs linebacker Alec Ogletree was traded from the Los Angeles Rams to the Giants earlier this offseason.