STORRS, Conn. -
Six former University of Connecticut football players are involved in this weekend’s NFL Wildcard Playoff Games.
The Kansas City Chiefs play at the Houston Texans on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on ABC with four of those Huskies involved in the game.
Former Husky Tyvon Branch is a defensive back for the Chiefs and is in his first year in Kansas City and eighth overall. He has made 43 tackles for the Chiefs this year and returned an interception for a touchdown in key win vs. Oakland. Branch played in 48 games with 31 starts in four years at UConn from 2004-07. He made 230 career tackles and also had 930 kickoff return yards. He earned All-Big East honors as a senior.
Anthony Sherman is in his fifth NFL season and third with the Chiefs as a fullback. He has played in 76 NFL games in his career as both a fullback and on specials teams. Sherman was a two-time team captain for the Huskies in 2009 and 2010 as a fullback and helped lead the Huskies to the 2011 Fiesta Bowl.
Tight end Ryan Griffin is in his third season with the Texans and has started four games this season at tight end with 20 receptions for 251 yards and a pair of TDs. He was a two-time All-Big East pick at UConn in 2011 and 2012 and is second in Husky history for tight ends in receptions and receiving yardage.
Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey is in his third year with the team and was an All-American linebacker for the Huskies in 1983. He played for the Green Bay Packers from 1984-89 after being a fourth round pick in the 1984 NFL Draft. Following his retirement as a player, he had a long career in the front office of the Packers.
Pittsburgh plays at Cincinnati on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on Fox. Former UConn running back Jordan Todman is in his second season with the Steelers and fifth in the NFL overall. He has played in 43 NFL games over the past three years. Todman finished his UConn career second in school history with 616 rushing attempts and third with 3,179 rushing yards and 31 rushing touchdowns. He was the 2010 Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
Minnesota plays host to Seattle on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on NBC. Former Husky linebacker Shamar Stephen is in his second year with the Vikings and is currently on the injured reserved list. Stephen was a team captain for UConn in his senior season of 2014 and was a second team All-American Athletic Conference pick.