NFL Week 1 Features Three Former Assumption Greyhounds
When the 2019 National Football League (NFL) season kicks off this weekend, the Super Bowl-defending champion New England Patriots won’t be the only team for which the Assumption community will be cheering. Proud students, alumni and friends of Assumption will be closely following the New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers—three teams that have signed former Assumption Greyhounds Football players. They include undrafted rookie Deonte Harris, who earned the job as the New Orleans Saints’ return specialist after a breakout preseason; New York Giants’ tight end Scott Simonson; and Zach Triner ’15, who after stints on the practice squads of the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers, has landed his first NFL roster sport as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ long snapper.
Week 1 of this season will mark Harris and Triner’s first professional football games in the NFL. Simonson, who is currently listed on the Giants’ injured reserve list after suffering an ankle injury in the team’s final preseason game, began his professional football career in 2014 with the Oakland Raiders, then played in Super Bowl 50 with the Carolina Panthers before signing with the Giants for the 2018 season. Simonson was the first former Assumption Greyhound to play in the NFL.
Read more about the splash Harris and Triner made in the NFL preseason:
- Buccaneers long-snapper Zach Triner close to achieving NFL dream at 28
- Marshfield’s Triner signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Deonte Harris, John Ursua and four more ‘cut day’ survivors fantasy owners need to know
- Assumption's Deonte Harris scores place on Saints' 53-man roster projection
- How undrafted, undersized Deonte Harris made the Saints’ stacked 53-man roster
- Deonte Harris letting body of work determine his fate with Saints: 'Control what you can control'
- Saints punt/kick return man Deonte Harris, all about beating that one guy
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