NFL teams made their final preseason cuts on Saturday, as the organizations had to trim their rosters to 53 men before the 6 p.m. deadline. After all the dust settled, 25 former Nittany Lions made NFL rosters.
Four rookies made the final teams, as linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti were retained by the Minnesota Vikings, and defensive lineman Jordan Hill signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Quarterback Matt McGloin wasn’t expected to make the team, but beat the odds and impressed in the preseason to earn the 3rd string QB spot for the Oakland Raiders.
Another long shot to make a team was Derek Moye, who was kept by the Pittsburgh Steelers in his 2nd year in the league. Moye had been signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints before then signing with the Miami Dolphins practice squad, and then finally finding a home in Pittsburgh. “To be honest, it hasn’t really sunk in yet… I just went out there and played hard.” Moye told the Beaver County Times. “I just tried to show the coaches what I can do each and every play.”
While some players were kept by their teams, there were others who weren’t so lucky. The Steelers held on to Moye but they cut rookie wide receiver and Penn State transfer Justin Brown. Lineman Matt Stankiewitch and defensive back Stephon Morris were cut by the New England Patriots earlier in training camp, and receiver Jordan Norwood and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also parted ways.
The most notable Nittany Lion cut was former quarterback-turned-fullback Michael Robinson, as the Seahawks decided to release their starting fullback and special teams captain. Robinson missed the final two preseason games with a virus, which allowed others to earn the fullback position.
List of all Nittany Lions on NFL Teams:
Levi Brown – Arizona Cardinals
Andrew Szczerba – Atlanta Falcons (on Injured Reserve list, will not play in 2013)
A.Q. Shipley – Baltimore Ravens
Robbie Gould – Chicago Bears
Devon Still – Cincinnati Bengals
Sean Lee – Dallas Cowboys
Andrew Quarless – Green Bay Packers
Brett Brackett and Paul Posluszny – Jacksonville Jaguars
Tamba Hali – Kansas City Chiefs
Jared Odrick and Cameron Wake – Miami Dolphins
Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti – Minnesota Vikings
Dan Connor – New York Giants
Jack Crawford, Matt McGloin, and Stefen Wisniewski – Oakland Raiders
Derek Moye – Pittsburgh Steelers
Johnnie Troutman and Rich Orhnberger – San Diego Chargers
Nate Stupar and NaVorro Bowman – San Francisco 49ers
Jordan Hill – Seattle Seahawks
Evan Royster – Washington Redskins