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Szczur foresakes pro football career

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Villanova's two-sport standout Matt Szczur has passed on a possible professional football career to accept a reported $1.5 million contract to remain with the Chicago Cubs organization.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior wide receiver was considered to be a midround draft possibility in the Wes Welker mold and had been preparing to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 29 in Mobile, Ala.

Sczcur was selected by the Cubs in the fifth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft and received a $100,000 signing bonus. An outfielder, he opened his pro career with a 21-game hitting streak and batted .347 in 25 games for three different teams in the Cubs' system.

He returned to Villanova for his senior season in football, but missed much of it with a high ankle sprain.

The Cubs raised their offer to Szczur on Tuesday to try to keep Szczur from pursuing an NFL career.

He was the most valuable player in the 2009 FCS championship game when Villanova won its first national title.

01/19 14:49:26 ET

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