When Devin Goda visited his modeling agent in New York recently, he was surprised when she showed him a preview of the cover of Men’s Fitness magazine.
Originally chosen to do a series of boxing and fitness shots for the magazine in late January, the Forward Township native is on the cover of the spring edition.
It was the latest success for the 2007 graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School football player turned model.
Goda ranked second in school history with 173 career receptions and 2,259 career receiving yards when he graduated with a safety and health degree from Slippery Rock University in 2012.
Undrafted, he signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens, but was among the last cut on a Ravens team that would go on to win the Super Bowl that year. He also had tryouts with the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys.
Although his playing time was relegated to the preseason, Goda said his NFL experience helped shape his future career aspirations.
“My NFL experience playing with some of the greats, like Ray Lewis, Anquan Boldin and Jacoby Smith, I got to see how they carry themselves,” Goda said. “That helps me now. You have to be confident and, in whatever you do, follow through.”
Goda also attracted interest from the Canadian Football League, but by then he was pursuing a modeling career. He ultimately submitted photos to some of the top agencies in New York and was signed by Wilhelmina Models. He’s modeled for Under Armor, Calvin Klein, J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Goda started as a fitness model and has since added fashion work as well.
“I’m always on the go,” Goda said. “Every week, I’m in a different city. I love to travel, but I do not like to fly. I love to get there.”
That travel may take him overseas soon.
“I’m looking to go international soon — London, Germany and, hopefully, South Africa,” Goda said. “That’s the goal. My agency feels I have a strong portfolio.”
Goda is working with former professional football player Michael Strahan on the TV talk show host’s new line of suits and fitness wear. Goda will also be featured in an upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated.
As in his playing days, working out is still a key for Goda. About 230 pounds during his playing career, Goda now tops off at 197.
“Now I box and do yoga,” Goda said. “The goal is to lengthen my muscles more.”
On a typical day, he is up at 6 a.m. to train then head to work. He tries to run three to five miles a day.
“You always have to be on the top of your game, in top shape,” Goda said. “I have to find a way to stand out. There are a ton of models who want to do the same thing. You have to make sure your body is in top-notch condition because you never know when you’re going to get a job.”
Goda said his next plan is to get into acting.
“My hope is to move to Los Angeles and pursue that,” Goda said. “My agents feel the timing is right for me now.”