Firkser, Rich Sign NFL Contracts

Firkser, Rich Sign NFL Contracts

Anthony Firkser caught 14 TD passes in his Crimson career (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seniors Anthony Firsker and Max Rich of the Harvard football team have signed undrafted free agents with the New York Jets and New England Patriots, respectively, of the National Football League.

Firkser, a tight end and native of Manalapan, New Jersey, earned his third All-Ivy selection and caught seven touchdowns during his senior season in 2016. Firkser led the Crimson in TD catches and receiving yards (702), while making 45 grabs overall. Firsker graduates tied for sixth in program history with 14 career touchdown receptions, eighth with 1,559 receiving yards and 11th with 99 catches.

“To me, Anthony is a bit of a cross between Cameron Brate’14 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Kyle Jurszczyk ’12 (San Francisco 49ers),” said Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football. “He may have the best hands and route running ability of any H-Back we have had.”

Rich, an offensive lineman, earned Associated Press FCS All-America third team honors this past fall. An All-Ivy selection in 2015 and 2016, including a first-team nod during his senior season, Rich was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy (the “Academic Heisman”) and a nominee for the National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award. Rich, who hails from Portland, Oregeon, also garnered a spot on the All-New England team after helping the Crimson average 26.2 points per game this season, posting 241 yards through the air and 149.9 yard on the ground per game.

“Max is one of the top offensive tackles in Harvard football history,” Murphy said. “He has the length, athleticism, grit and football IQ to play in the NFL.” 

Former Crimson linebacker standout Jacob Lindsey ’16 recently inked a contract with the Buffalo Bills. A two-time All-Ivy choice, Lindsey paced the Crimson in tackles during his senior season, making 72 stops in 2015.