Bruce Ellington turned heads at the NFL Combine last month, and, on Tuesday, the former Gamecocks star turned heads at the S.C. State House.
The S.C. House and Senate honored the Moncks Corner native who played football and basketball for USC.
"It's just an honor," he said. "I'm just happy to be here and excited. It's a blessing they called on me to do it."
The trip was his second to the State House. He visited with the Berkeley High School football team after he quarterbacked the Stags to a state title.
He stopped for lawmakers and government staff members to take pictures.
Asked if he had any interest in politics, Ellington chuckled and said, "No."
Later Tuesday, Ellington will be honored on senior night when the Gamecocks basketball team plays No. 1 Florida.
Coach Frank Martin invited Ellington despite the 5-foot-9 point guard playing in just three basketball games this season because of his football commitments and decision to go pro that ended his college playing career.
"From day one, he told me he was going to be my friend, and he's a man of his word," Ellington said.
Ellington said he was home when he heard about the Gamecocks upset of No. 17 Kentucky on Saturday.
"I'm excited they got a win against a big team," he said. "They just have to build on it from there. They need to continue to fight and play hard."
Ellington made a splash as a wide receiver for Steve Spurrier's football team and lead USC in receptions, yards and receiving touchdowns. Ellington, who left the Gamecocks with one year of eligibility remaining, has said he received a third-round projection from the NFL’s underclassman advisory committee.