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Tommy Myers is already a legendary name in New Orleans Saints history. The safety was a third-round draft pick in 1972 out of Syracuse and played in New Orleans for 10 years, earning a spot in the team’s Hall of Fame.
Another Tommy Myers (no relation) is now associated with the Saints and the Coventry native is hoping to make a name for himself and make a pro dream come true. Myers, who wrapped up his career at UConn last fall, will join the Saints for their rookie mini-camp being held May 10-13.
“Tommy has (the older Myers) trading card and has had his it since he was like 8-10 years old,” Myers’ mother, Peggy, said. “We took a picture of him with it Sunday. It’s just crazy how things like that work out.”
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound tight end was primarily a blockat UConn. In 47 games, Myers caught 30 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns. His best season came in 2015 when he had 16 catches for 232 yards and two scores before suffering an ankle injury against Houston that cost him the final two games of the year.
As a fifth-year senior in coach Randy Edsall’s return to UConn, he had three catches - including a touchdown grab on Senior Day against South Florida - for 28 yards.
Myers was not selected in this past weekend’s NFL Draft. He had worked out for the Patriots and had talked to several teams, including the Giants, Green Bay and Baltimore, during UConn’s Pro Day. Atlanta and Mami called last week.
“New Orleans, to my knowledge, was not in the mix,” Peggy Myers said.
Now they are.
Tommy Myers was a three-sport standout (football, basketball, track and field) at Coventry High.
His family has a long history with UConn. His father, Norm, played football there (1981-84). Peggy Myers played women’s basketball (1982-86) and compiled 1,413 career points and 937 rebounds. In 1986, she became the first player from UConn to be named first-team All-Big East. His sister, Kelly, ran track three years (2014-16).
The Saints finished 11-5 and won the NFC South division title in 2017. They defeated Carolina 31-26 in the wild-card game but missed out on a spot in the NFC title game when Minnesota scored on the last play to eliminate them 29-24.
According to reports, New Orleans will bring in at least two other tight ends to rookie mini-camp: Wake Forest’s Cameron Serigne and Western Kentucky’s Deon Yelder.
Fatukasi taken by Jets in 6th round
In Edsall’s first stint as UConn’s football coach, it took six years before a Husky was taken in the NFL draft.
In his second, it only took one year.
The Jets selected defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi with their sixth-round pick (180th overall) on Saturday.
Last year, Fatukasi had 45 total tackles, 7.5 for loss with four sacks. He had 168 tackles and 14 sacks in four years and 48 games at UConn.
Fatukasi (6 foot 4, 318 pounds) is the 26th UConn player selected since 2005.
UConn has had an NFL draft pick in 12 of the past 14 years, the only years in that span the Husky did not have a pick was in 2006 and 2016. Edsall arrived in Storrs in 1999, left after the 2010 season, and returned last year.
Fatukasi was rated a two-star prospect, continuing an Edsall tradition of developing low-rated high school players into NFL prospects.