CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—With the NFL season slated to kick off this week, nine Harvard football alumni will be suiting up after making the final 53-man rosters for eight NFL teams. With nine players making the final cut, the Crimson sit on top of the FCS in players in the NFL, leading the pack with three more than second-placed Delaware, Illinois State, James Madison, and North Dakota State.
Cameron Brate '14
6-5 | 245 | TE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brate enters his fifth year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last season, Brate played in 16 games for Tampa Bay, earning 48 catches for 591 yards and six touchdowns. A standout player while at Harvard, Brate now sits at the top of the tight end depth chart for Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers open up their preseason schedule visiting the Tennessee Titans on August 18 at 8 p.m.
Ben Braunecker '16
6-4 | 252 | TE
Braunecker begins his third season with the Chicago Bears. Last season, Braunecker appeared at tight end in eight games for the Bears. Before joining the pros in 2016, Braunecker finished his career at Harvard with 68 career receptions for 1,168 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Nick Easton '15
6-3 | 303 | OG
Easton enters his fourth season with the Minnesota Vikings, where he has played since 2015 after being traded from the San Francisco 49ers. Last season, Easton made 12 starts with the Vikings. A two-time First Team All-Ivy nominee, Easton played on an offensive line that helped the Crimson secure an Ivy League Championship title in 2014 as well as an undefeated record.
Anthony Firkser '17
6-2 | 246 | TE
In his first season in the NFL, Firkser signed with the Tennessee Titans in May 2018. After signing a rookie free agent contract with the New York Jets after the 2017 NFL Draft, Firkser also spent time on the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad before ultimately signing with the Titans. Firkser ranks 12th all-time in school history in receptions, ninth all-time in receiving yards, and sixth all-time in touchdown receptions.
Ryan Fitzpatrick '05
6-2 | 233 | QB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Now in his 14th season in the NFL, his second with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Fitzpatrick kicks off the 2018-2019 season at starting quarterback. Last week, the Buccaneers announced that Fitzpatrick will be leading the team to start the season. A year ago, Fitzpatrick led Tampa Bay to victory in two of his three starts at the position, finishing the season with seven touchdown passes and 1,103 passing yards.
Tampa Bay opens up preseason on the road against the Tennessee Titans on August 18 at 8 p.m.
Video: Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick throws deep to Chris Godwin with Chris Conte in coverage. pic.twitter.com/PanzWZNQKg— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 28, 2018
Kyle Juszczyk '13
6-1 | 240 | FB
San Francisco 49ers
Back for a second season with the San Francisco 49ers, Juszczyk starts his sixth season with the pros. The fullback closed out the 2017 season with 33 catches for 315 yards, earning him his second consecutive Pro Bowl nomination. In addition to his Pro Bowl recognition, Juszczyk also earned the 2017 Bill Walsh award as well as the 49ers Community Relations Youth Football award. At Harvard, Juszczyk earned Associated Press First-Team All-America honors after closing his senior campaign with 52 receptions for 706 yards and eight touchdowns.
San Francisco hosts the Dallas Cowboys for their first preseason matchup on August 9 at 10 p.m.
Tyler Ott '14
6-3 | 253 | LS
Returning for his third season with the Seattle Seahawks, Ott enters his fourth year in the league. A native of Tulsa, Okla., Ott appeared in all 16 games for the Seahawks last season. Prior to joining the Seahawks, Ott spent time as long snapper for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2016 as well as the New York Giants in 2015. Appearing as both a long snapper and tight end for the Crimson, Ott finished with 16 catches for 194 yards and four touchdowns.
Adam Redmond '16
6-6 | 300 | C
After signing with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent following the 2016 draft, Redmond played two seasons with the Colts before signing with the Buffalo Bills in January 2018. In September 2018, Redmond was claimed by the Dallas Cowboys. Last season, Redmond appeared in four games at center. While at Harvard, Redmond helped to team to three consecutive Ivy League titles and was the co-recipient of the William Paine LaCroix Trophy.
Cole Toner '16
6-5 | 300 | OT
Los Angeles Chargers
Toner enters his third season in the pros, his first with the Chargers. After being drafted in the fifth round by the Arizona Cardinals in 2016, Toner spent time on the practice squads for the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots last season before signing a reserve/future contract with the Chargers in 2018.