Crimson in the NFL

Crimson in the NFL

Ryan Fitzpatrick enters his second season as the New York Jets quarterback (NY Jets).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At the end of week six, the Harvard football team has six former players on NFL active rosters and three on practice squads. Check out an update of the Crimson standouts through Oct. 17.  

Cameron Brate '14
6-5 | 235 | TE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cameron Brate enters his third NFL season after breaking out in 2015, playing in 14 games with four starts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So far this season, Brate has seen three starts and appearances in all five games. The tight end has tallied two touchdowns and 197 yards on 17 receptions. Brate hauled in 23 receptions for 288 yards, including the first three touchdowns of his career. While at Harvard, Brate was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League first team, as well as a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. He finished his senior campaign with 25 receptions for 403 yards with five scores. 

Ben Braunecker '16 
6-4 | 255 | TE
Chicago Bears

Ben Braunecker led Harvard with 48 receptions for 850 yards and eight TDs during the 2015 season, landing on several All-America first teams. The Chicago Bears signed Braunecker as an undrafted free agent after he was one of the top performers at the NFL Combine. So far in the 2016 NFL season, Braunecker tallied one solo tackle against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 2.  A native of Ferdinand, Indiana, Braunecker concluded his Crimson career with 68 career receptions for 1,168 yards and 10 scores. 

Desmond Bryant '09 
6-6 | 310 | DL
Cleveland Browns

Desmond Bryant enters his eighth season in the NFL and fourth with the Cleveland Browns in 2016. On injured reserve, Bryant is expected to miss the entire season to recover from a torn pec. Last season with the Browns, Bryant started 14 games, making 33 tackles, including a team-best six sacks and one forced fumble. While with the Crimson, Bryant appeared in 32 games, recording 66 career tackles and 13.5 sacks. A second team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, Bryant recorded 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 10 games as an economics concentrator. 

Nick Easton '15
6-3 | 303 | C
Minnesota Vikings

In his second NFL season, Nick Easton started camp with the Minnesota Vikings in July. Since the beginning of the NFL season, Easton has appeared in one game against Houston. An AP FCS All-America third team selection, Easton was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens in May of 2015. As a senior, Easton was part of an offensive line that helped the Crimson to a perfect 10-0 record and an Ivy League championship title. 

Anthony Fabiano '16
6-3 | 305 | C
Cleveland Browns

Anthony Fabiano was added to the Cleveland Browns active roster from the practice squad Oct. 5. Originally signing with the Baltimore Ravens, Fabiano saw action in 32 games with Harvard. The center has not seen action in the 2016 season. Named to the Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List, Fabiano was a first-team All-Ivy League selection, helping the Crimson to its third-straight Ivy League championship title in 2015. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick '05
6-2 | 225 | QB
New York Jets

Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signed with the New York Jets in August after setting a franchise record with 31 touchdown passes last season. Fitzpatrick has started in all five games this season, posting 111 completions on 192 attempts. He averages 6.6 yards a pass and has totaled 1,267 yards this season. In 2015, he led the Jets to their best offensive season since 1998, starting in 16 games and throwing at a 59.6 percent clip. Over his 11-year NFL career, Fitzpatrick has started 105 games, completing passes at a 60.1 percent rate and registering 154 touchdowns. At Harvard, the Asa S. Bushnell Cup winner accumulated 1,986 yards with 13 touchdowns as a senior, leading the Crimson to a perfect 10-0 record in 2004. 

Kyle Juszczyk '13
6-1 | 240 | FB
Baltimore Ravens

Kyle Juszczyk was selected in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the then-defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. So far in 2016, Juszczyk has started in four games and appeared in six. The fullback has tallied 132 receiving yards on 17 attempts, averaging 7.8 yards per catch. In 2014, Juszczyk saw action in all 16 games (14 starts) and netted 19 receptions for 182 yards and one touchdown. Last season, the Medina, Ohio product started 11 games and caught 41 passes for 321 yards and four scores. While at Harvard, Juszczyk earned numerous first-team All-American honors after posting 52 receptions for 706 receiving yards (13.6 avg.) and eight TDs, tied for the second-highest total in a single season in Harvard history. 

Adam Redmond '16
6-6 | 290 | OL
Indianapolis Colts

An All-Ivy League first team selection in 2015, Adam Redmond signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts on May 2, 2016 and is currently on the practice squad. The co-Recipient of Harvard's William Paine LaCroix Trophy and a CoSIDA Academic All-District first team honoree, Redmond helped the Crimson to three-straight Ivy League titles during his career.

Cole Toner '16
6-5 | 300 | OL
Arizona Cardinals

An All-Ivy League selection in 2014 and 2015, Cole Toner was drafted by the Cardinals in the fifth round, the 170th selection overall. Toner has not seen action in 2016 season. Toner played tackle at Harvard, but has worked at guard in the NFL. A semifinalist for the 2015 National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy (the academic Heisman), Toner helped the Crimson to three-straight Ivy League titles during his career.