Missouri’s all-time leading receiver is now a member of the Chicago Bears. Chicago took Jefferson City native, Justin Gage, in the fifth round of last weekends NFL Draft. In his time at Mizzou Gage set eight season and career school receiving records. But Gage’s exploits at Missouri also set conference marks as well. His 200 catches for 2,704 yards and 18 touchdowns was the best ever in the history of the Big 12. He was a Big 12 first-team selection each of his last two seasons. Now he joins a Chicago Bears team that was 24th in the league in receiving in 2003 averaging just 207.3 yards in the air last season. Marty Booker was the team’s only standout, catching 91 passes. Bears GM Jerry Angelo said he hoped Gage and fellow draftee Dobby Wade of Arizona push the starters in training camp. Gage is one of four former Tigers to hook up with NFL teams this week. Fellow Jeff City graduate, Kirk Farmer signed a free agent deal with the Rams, defensive tackle Keith Wright was taken in the sixth round by the Texans and defensive back Taurus Ferguson signed went the free agent route with the Raiders.
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