As NFL Season Progresses, Football Alumni Continue to Shine

Kyle Juszczyk catches a pass against the New Orleans Saints on December 8, 2019.
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As the NFL season nears its conclusion, eight Harvard alumni are competing on the game's biggest stage The eight former Harvard student-athletes are the most in the Ivy League and six of the eight players are in playoff contention.

Kyle Juszczyk '13
6-1 | 240 | FB
San Francisco 49ers 

Arguably one of the league's best at his position, Kyle Juszczyk is the starting fullback for the San Francisco 49ers. "He's exceptionally smart, he's extremely productive. Whatever he's doing, he does it well. He's athletic, he can catch. Clearly he's the top fullback in our league because he does so many things well," New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said in preparation for last weekend's game vs. San Francisco.  The 2013 Harvard alumnus has had 16 catches throughout 2019 campaign for 161 yards, while helping the Niners to an 11-2 record, best in the NFC.

Cameron Brate '14
6-5 | 245 | TE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cameron Brate, a tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has started all 13 games for the Buccaneers this season. He has caught 30 passes, totaling 259 yards on the season with three touchdowns. Against the Saints in Week 11, Brate tallied 10 receptions on 14 targets.

Tyler Ott '14
6-3 | 253 | LS
Seattle Seahawks 

Tyler Ott has been the exclusive long-snapper for the Seattle Seahawks this season, having appeared in all 13 Seahawk matchups. Ott, a former Economics concentrator at Harvard, signed a three-year extension with the Seahawks in July 2019.

Ryan Fitzpatrick '05
6-2 | 228 | QB
Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins quarterback and 2005 Harvard alumnus Ryan Fitzpatrick has appeared in 12 games and started 10 for the Fins. Fitzpatrick has had four matchups in which he threw for over 280 yards, including against the Eagles in Week 13 in which he completed 27-of-39 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns.  He has thrown for 2,511 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2019.

Ben Braunecker '16
6-3 | 247 | TE
Chicago Bears 

Ferdinand, Ohio native Ben Braunecker has seen action in 11 of Chicago's games this season. He has recorded six receptions this season, going for 59 yards and his first career touchdown.

Nick Easton '15
6-3 | 303 | C
New Orleans Saints 

A two-time first-team all-Ivy League selection in 2013 and 2014, Nick Easton has started the last four games for the 10-3 Saints, protecting star quarterback Drew Brees' blindside. Prior to arriving in New Orleans, Easton competed in 23 games for the Minnesota Vikings. At Harvard, in addition to being selected for the all-Ivy League team, Easton was named to the AP FCS All-America third-team.

Anthony Firkser '17
6-2 | 246 | TE
Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans tight end Anthony Firkser has recorded 12 receptions on 17 targets for 192 yards thus far in the 2019 campaign for the Nashville, Tennessee-based squad. Firkser has had three games with three receptions.

Adam Redmond '16
6-6 | 300 | C/G
Dallas Cowboys

An All-Ivy selection in 2015, Adam Redmond is in his third season in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. In two-plus seasons, Redmond has played in 14 games with the Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys.