NFL Week 1 Features Three Former Assumption Greyhounds

Sep 04, 2019

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. 

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