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September 20, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU graduate leaves football, expands acting career

Devin Goda, a 2012 Slippery Rock University safety management graduate and onetime wide receiver for The Rock football team, once dreamed of playing for the NFL and almost made it.

He is now featured in commercials and print ads as well as television acting roles.

Goda, a Pittsburgh native, was recently featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review for his modeling work. Goda spent some time with the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons before turning his attention to modeling. He’s done work for Dick's Sporting Goods, Macy's, American Eagle, Fisher Price, Calvin Klein and Abercrombie and Fitch. There are also TV roles in the offing, including a small role on “Those that Kill,” and the possibility of a daytime soap opera.

According to the story, the former Rock footballs standout – 173 receptions and 2,259 yards – received bids from the Docherty Talent and Modeling Agency in Pittsburgh while attending SRU. He initially worked for Docherty, then signed with The Talent Group in Pittsburgh and most recently has signed with the Wilhelmina Agency in New York.

Goda recently worked with the A&E network’s series “Those that Kill,” playing a bouncer and bodyguard. The show, shot in Pittsburgh, is to air in March. He told the newspaper there is also a chance of joining TV’s long-running afternoon soap “General Hospital.”

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