Heslop Signs with Seahawks

Gavin Heslop signed an undrafted rookie free-agent contact with the Seattle Seahawks just moments after the completion of the 2020 NFL Draft on Saturday.

The Archbishop Stepinac High School graduate and Yonkers native was a senior captain and defensive back at Stony Brook in 2019.

“This is a dream come true for me,” Heslop said in a press release from Stony Brook. “All of the hard work over the past five years at Stony Brook has paid off. I could not be more excited for this opportunity.”

As a redshirt senior in 2019, Heslop finished with 52 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two blocked kicks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in earning third-team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors. He returned one fumble for a touchdown.

Heslop started 37 consecutive games and collected 138 total tackles in his collegiate career.


Cardinal Hayes’ Barnes Nominated for 2018 Heart of a Giant Award

Cardinal Hayes High School football player Damon Barnes is one of 10 Week 6 Nominees for the 2018 USA Football Heart of a Giant Award presented by the New York Giants and Hospital for Special Surgery.

The winner will be chosen Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. with the winner receiving a gift bag and his high school football program receiving $1,500 equipment grant. Nominees are expected to campaign at home, school and in their communities to have people vote for them as the person with the most votes will win.

If chosen, Barnes will be one of six finalists for the 2018 USA Football Heart of a Giant Award. The winner’s school will receive an additional $3,500 equipment grant. The winner will be honored at MetLife Stadium during a Giants home game in December.

High school football players from the Tri-State Area are nominated by their coaches based on their passion of the game and unparalleled work ethic on and off the field through commitment, character, teamwork, dedication and will.

Click here to vote and learn more about the 10 Week 6 Nominees.

Click here to learn more about the award.


Marist Grad Wins NFL Honor

Marist College graduate Jason Myers was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking seven field goals and converting three extra points for the New York Jets in a 42-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Myers, 27, was 7 for 7 on his field goals with the seven conversions being a Jets franchise record. For the season, he’s 16 for 17 with his longest field goal being a 55 yards. He’s 15 for 16 in his extra-point attempts.

The Jets host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.



Manhertz Helps Panthers

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Chris Manhertz used his blocking from the tight end position to help the Carolina Panthers collected 350 yards of offense in a 33-31 victory over the New York Giants.

The Panthers ran for 118 yards and passed for 232 yards.

Manhertz did not play football in college. Instead, he played basketball at Canisius College in Buffalo.

Spellman Grad with Panthers

Cardinal Spellman High School graduate Chris Manhertz will be in action Sunday when the tight end and his Carolina Panthers host the Cincinnati Bengals.

Manhertz is looking for his reception of the season with the Panthers, who are without starting tight end Greg Olsen due to a broken right foot.

Manhertz, who played basketball at Canisius in Buffalo, is in his third season with the Panthers and started four of 16 games last season, finishing with two receptions for 17 yards.

Manhertz, 26, was signed as a undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills in 2015. After the Bills released him, the New Orleans Saints signed him and placed him on their 2015 practice squad. He started two of three games for the Saints in 2016 before being released and picked up by the Panthers.

Myers Signs with Seahawks

Marist College graduate and kicker Jason Myers signed a reserve/future contract with the Seattle Seahawks for 2018.

Myers, 26, played three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, making 64 of 79 career field-goal attempts with a career long of 58 yards before being released during the 2017 season. Prior to his time with the Jaguars, Myers was a member of the Arizona Rattlers and San Jose SaberCats in the Arena Football League.