New Jersey’s own Miles Austin was a three-time all-NEC performer for Monmouth before defying the odds as an UDFA at the NFL level.
Danielle McEwan earned the NCAA Bowling Championship MVP award as a freshman, contributing immensely to Fairleigh Dickinson’s national team title. When the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour re-booted in 2015, the three-time NEC Player of the Year seem destined for stardom in the pro ranks.
Landing at Saint Francis, former Florida high school quarterback Lorenzo Jerome used his above-average athleticism and superb football instincts to become the first-ever four-time all-NEC first defensive back in league annals. After earning the MVP award at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, he became the first NEC player ever to compete in the Reese’s Senior Bowl where he caused three turnovers (FF, 2 INT).
One, if not all, of the three decorated athletes has likely popped into your Twitter TL recently. Here’s why…
ZO’S NEW OPPORTUNITY
Jerome made the San Francisco 49ers’ 53-man opening day roster in 2017 as an undrafted free agent. He went on to play in five regular season games before being waived by the 49ers on October 9, 2017. The ultra-talented safety resurfaced with the Seattle Seahawks during the 2018 NFL Preseason, but did not survive the final end-of-summer cutdown.
Itching for an opportunity to play at the professional with plenty to offer, Jerome found a new chance north of the border. The Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) officially announced Jerome’s free agent signing on May 1 ahead of the 2019 CFL Draft.
D-MAC IS BACK ON TOUR
Two-time NCAA Player of the Year Danielle McEwan was a top performer for Team USA prior to joining the reincarnated PWBA Tour in 2015. Fast-forward to present day and McEwan has embarked on her fifth season as a professional.
McEwan most recently qualified for the five-person step ladder finals at the Nationwide Greater Cleveland Open, which was the third tournament on the PWBA season schedule. Prior to 2019, McEwan collected three standard PWBA tournament title and one major championship.
MILES’ SPECIAL MOMENT
Following the 2006 NEC football season, Austin went on to earn an undrafted free agent contract from the Dallas Cowboys. Finding his way onto the Cowboys’ 53-man opening day roster in 2007 as a kick returner, Austin eventually worked his way into the rotation as a receiver. After his opportunity on offense, he quickly achieved stardom. He led the NFL in receiving yards during the 2009 season and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl twice.
Austin played in 129 regular season games over his 10-year NFL career (making him the second-longest tenured NFL player to ever come out of the NEC), but he had left behind some unfinished business at Monmouth. Having never completed his degree requirements, Austin decided the returned to school following his retirement from the NFL. Physically going back into the classroom, Austin has earned his degree and has graduated from the university. He won’t be walking at commencement because he is on assignment for the 49ers as an assistant coach.