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Five Former Huskies In NFL Divisional Playoffs

Robert McClain is a member of the Carolina Panthers.
Jan. 14, 2016

STORRS, Conn. - Five former University of Connecticut football players are involved in this weekend’s NFL Divisional Playoff Games.

The Kansas City Chiefs play at the New England Patriots on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on CBS with three Huskies involved in the game for KC.

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 77 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.

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 Denver on Sunday at 4:40 p.m. on CBS. Former UConn running back Jordan Todman is in his second season with the Steelers and fifth in the NFL overall. He has played in 44 NFL games over the past five years. Todman had 65 yards of rushing in Pittsburgh’s Wild Card playoff win over Cincinnati last weekend. He 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.

Carolina plays at Seattle on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. on Fox. Former Husky Robert McClain is a cornerback for Carolina and is in his sixth NFL season. He played for Carolina in 2010 and returned to the team in December 2015. He has played in three games for the Panthers this season. McClain played in 46 games for UConn from 2006-09 and had 129 career tackles and ten interceptions. He was a second team All-Big East pick as a senior.

In addition to the GM and four Husky players, wide receiver Deshon Foxx is a member of Seattle’s practice squad. He played at UConn from 2011-14 and was signed as a free agent by the Seahawks this year.


 

 

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