From Winston to New York, via Boone, Doug Middleton makes NFL dream a reality

The Associated Press BOONE — Doug Middleton and Ronald Blair shared an apartment as Appalachian State seniors. Last month, they swapped game-worn jerseys after the New York Jets beat the San Francisco 49ers. App State had two alums play in the NFL this season as rookies, with Blair developing into a productive defensive lineman after being a fifth-round draft pick of the 49ers. The rise of Middleton, who graduated from Winston-Salem’s Parkland High School before enrolling at Appalachian, was more of a surprise. Undrafted as an App State safety, Middleton signed with the Jets and spent the first 12 games on their practice squad. Added to the active roster Dec. 8, he made his NFL debut against