Football Alumni Continue NFL Postseason Push

Photo credit: National Football League (NFL)
Photo credit: National Football League (NFL)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—As the NFL season charges on, nine Harvard football alums continue to make strides within the league as their teams fight for playoff contention.

As the postseason draws closer, several Crimson alumni may have the opportunity to extend their season and see playoff action. Ben Braunecker and the Chicago Bears currently sit on top of the NFC North, boasting a 8-4 record moving into week 14. This season, Braunecker has caught two passes for a total 24 yards. Joining Braunecker in the NFC post-season race are Tyler Ott and Adam Redmond, who currently sit on the 53-man rosters for the Seahawks and Cowboys. Ott, who is in his third season with the Seahawks, has seen action in all 12 games so far this season. The Seahawks currently boast a 7-5 record in the NFC West. Redmond has taken the field as center in six games for the Cowboys this season. Dallas sits at the top of the NFC East with a 7-5 record.

One of two Crimson alums representing Harvard in the AFC, Cole Toner and the Los Angeles Chargers currently sit at second in the AFC West with a 9-3 record. Joining Toner in the AFC, Tennessee Titan Anthony Firkser made headlines following the Chargers' week 13 win over the Pittburgh Steelers, catching his first career touchdown pass since joining the pros.

Teammates Cameron Brate and Ryan Fitzpatrick have seen an electric season thus far with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs took center stage early in the season when "Fitzmagic" took over the NFL after Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback in NFL history to have three-consecutive 400-yard games, kicking off Tampa Bay's season with a 3-0 start. Brate has continued to find the end zone with the Buccaneers, catching 23 passes for 221 yards and four touchdowns thus far.

San Francisco 49er Kyle Juszczyk continues to find success on the field, catching 26 passes for 285 yards and one touchdown this season. Easton had become a staple on the Viking's offensive line before suffering a season-ending injury in the preseason.

This season, Harvard has the best representation in the NFL out of any other Ivy League school.