It’s a big time of year for pro sports, with Super Bowl XLVIII just around the corner. The Back Page takes a look at a trio of former Harvard athletes now playing professionally, starting with a product of football coach Tim Murphy’s high-flying offense.
The Improving Draftee: Kyle Juszczyk ‘13
Mouthful of a name aside, Juszczyk had the NFL in his blood even before he was drafted – his great uncle, Dickie Moore, played for the Green Bay Packers. After a long and successful career for the Crimson, it was no surprise when the Baltimore Ravens took the 6’1” Juszczyk in the fourth round of the NFL draft.
Here's this week's Quotes of the Week, the five best quotes from some of the five best sports moments of the weekend.
With fall sports teams looking to make a charge in the last part of the season and winter sports picking up action, this weekend is full of events for Harvard sports fans. Check out some of these home contests to cheer on the Crimson.
Football vs. Princeton: October 26, 1 PM
With an undefeated record to uphold, it is all on the line for the 5-0 Crimson as they take on the Tigers. Princeton and Harvard both head into this game undefeated by the Ivies, making Saturday’s game a battle for first place standing in the league.
Men’s Hockey vs. Bentley: October 26, 7:30 PM
The Crimson kicks off its season this weekend, taking on the Bentley Falcons on Saturday night at home. After graduating a class of six seniors this past year, including MVP Danny Biega, this season’s Harvard squad looks to adjust to the change in lineup.
Women’s Hockey v. Quinnipiac: October 25, 7 PM
Harvard women’s hockey starts out competition play with a match against fellow top-ten team Quinnipiac at home Friday night. This marks the first game the Crimson will play with junior captain Marissa Gedmen back on the ice after an injury last year. Additionally, this will be the first game the Crimson play without head coach Katey Stone in almost 18 years.
Women’s Soccer v. Princeton: October 26, 7 PM
As the Crimson fights to maintain its Ivy League winning streak, Princeton will scramble to notch its first victory in the conference. A loss in this game would mean losing first place Ivy ranking for Harvard, as well as ruining the Crimson’s longest winning streak since 2011.
Men’s Soccer v. Princeton: October 26, 4 PM
The Crimson will look to expand its recent two game Ivy League winning streak as it faces Princeton at Soldier’s Field this weekend. To do this, the Harvard squad will have to bounce back from the devastating loss to Boston College this past Tuesday.
Look for forward Andre Akpan ’10 on ESPN tonight as his New York Red Bulls of the MLS take on the Seattle Sounders at 9 p.m. The former Crimson captain and NCAA All-American was named Ivy League Player of the Year during his senior year, and ranks as Harvard’s all-time leading scorer with 127 points. He was also a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy for three straight seasons.
After starting at The Oakridge School during high school, Akpan began his career at Harvard with tremendous success. As a freshman, he was unanimously voted as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was named to the First Team All-Ivy League. After graduating in 2010, Akpan was drafted by the Colorado Rapids, and played for the Real Maryland Monarchs club and FC Tampa Bay for brief periods as well. He was traded to the Red Bulls last March and made an assist in his first game a month later. Akpan also contributed an assist in his second playing opportunity last May, and scored four goals for the Red Bulls Reserves earlier this month.
Andre Akpan ’10 has been given wings.
The former Harvard forward was traded to the New York Red Bulls for a conditional draft pick this week, bringing a four-year stint with the Colorado Rapids to an end.
“Andre is strong, physical forward with MLS experience and will provide another attacking option for our coaching staff,” Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said in a statement. “We are pleased to sign him and look forward to his contributions in the coming season.”