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How college lacrosse's top player became a rookie free-agent signing with the Atlanta Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The three men got together at Breezy Park in Huntington, New York, this offseason -- 331 college lacrosse goals and a shared passion for football between them.

Chris Hogan was the experienced one, retired from a 10-year NFL career. Tom Kennedy is entering his fourth season as a Detroit Lions receiver. Joining them was one of the most accomplished college lacrosse players ever, seeking to make the same transition they did.

Jared Bernhardt scored 202 goals at Maryland, led the Terrapins to the national championship game on Memorial Day weekend in 2021 and won the Tewaaraton Award as the best player in college lacrosse.