EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The biggest football story of the weekend might be Victor Cruz' return to to the New York Giants, but Bergen and Passaic counties have neighbors to look out for.
Among the notables are Carolina Panther’s tight end Greg Olsen (Wayne Hills) who is Cam Newton’s favorite target.
Linebacker Brian Cushing (Bergen Catholic) and three-time second-team All-Pro selection will be playing for the Houston Texans.
The McCourty twins, who hail from Nanuet, N.Y., and played high school football at St. Joseph’s (Montvale) and at Rutgers together will also be on the fields. The pair is split in the pros, with Devin playing in New England and Jason playing in Tennessee.
Additionally, the Washington Redskins Junior Galette, who went to St. Joseph’s Montvale, is on the Redskins injured reserve list after rupturing his Achilles tendon during training camp, and will miss the entire season.
Below is a complete list of Bergen/Passaic NFL athletes:
- Brian Cushing – LB – Houston Texans – Bergen Catholic (Park Ridge)
- Jim Dray – TE – Buffalo Bills – Bergen Catholic (Paramus)
- Justin Trattou – DL – Minnesota Vikings – Don Bosco (Ramsey)
- Patrick Murray – K – Cleveland Browns – Don Bosco (Mahwah)
- Tamba Hali- DE/LB – Kansas City Chiefs – Teaneck
- Devin McCourty – S – New England Patriots – St.Joseph’s (Montvale) (Nanuet, NY)
- Jason McCourty – CB – Tennessee Titans - St.Joseph’s (Montvale) (Nanuet, N.Y.)
- Sean Lissemore – DE– San Diego Chargers – Dumont
- Chris Hogan – WR- New England Patriots – Ramapo
- Greg Olsen – TE – Carolina Panthers – Wayne Hills
- Mike Adams – DB – Indianapolis Colts Passaic Tech
- Victor Cruz – WR – Giants, Paterson Catholic
- Tanner McEvoy – WR - Seattle Seahawks, Bergen Catholic (Hillsdale)
- Steve Longa – LB – Detroit Lions, Saddle Brook (taxi squad)