Concord grad, Ball State basketball star Franko House signs with NFL's Chicago Bears

Photo suppliedFranko House advances the ball for Ball State during a college basketball game this past season in Muncie. 

Franko House — after never playing a down of college football —has signed a free-agent contract with the NFL's Chicago Bears, according to the Chicago Tribune.

House, the former Concord High School standout who went on to star in basketball at Ball State University over the last four years, was signed by the Bears as a prospective tight end once the 2017 NFL draft concluded late Saturday night, according to multiple online outlets.

House was a two-way football star for the Minutemen, including at tight end.

The 6-foot-6, 248-pound House had collegiate offers in both football and basketball before opting for basketball with the Cardinals.

A handful of college basketball players who never played college football have gone on to make NFL teams over the years, typically at tight end.

Once the seven-round draft finished Saturday, teams were free to sign any undrafted, eligible individuals.

Roughly 200 players were inked within just the next few hours by the NFL's 32 teams based on a compilation by CBSSports.com — though House was the only one listed among them who had not played collegiate football.

Each NFL team typically stocks its training camp roster with dozens of players each offseason who don't ultimately make their regular-season rosters, but there are also many undrafted players every year who do eventually make rosters.

The signing of House by the Bears — who had inquired about and worked House out prior to the draft — means two Concord High graduates have joined NFL teams in the last two springs.

A year ago, offensive lineman Jason Spriggs was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round as the 48th overall pick. Taken out of Indiana University, he saw frequent action as a rookie last season, including two starts.

Spriggs, a 2012 CHS graduate, and House, a 2013 grad, were both Minutemen football standouts for coach Tim Dawson, besides each starring on the basketball court for coach Steve Austin.

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