In Episode 5 of The River Rundown, we talk with Tennessee Titans tight end Anthony Firkser '17 about his career in Cambridge, his difficult journey to make an NFL roster, and his success with the Titans so far these last three years. We touch on Firk's memorable individual performance against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the playoffs, and the Harvard football fraternity in the NFL.
Maybe it’s just the graduation goggles, but I realized that I don’t need football to do one of my favorite things as a Crimson reporter: write my Around the Ivies column. Although it may be harder to berate the Brown football program — don’t worry, I still will — the Ancient Eight is still alive even without sports. So without further ado, let’s take one last trip Around the Ivies.
This NFL season marks the first time that two Harvard football alumni have been selected to the Pro Bowl (the NFL’s all-star contest) in the same year. Harvard tight end and pro fullback Kyle Juszczyk ‘13 of the San Francisco 49ers and Ott of the Seattle Seahawks—former teammates—earned selections to “play” virtually in the Pro Bowl this Sunday, January 31.
Tight end and long snapper Tyler Ott ’14 heads for the end zone on Harvard’s home turf against Princeton. Despite eventually falling to the Tigers 51-48 in this triple-overtime thriller on October 26, 2013—the Crimson’s only loss of Ott’s senior season—Ott finished the game with three touchdowns, tying the program record for single-game touchdown receptions.
Cameron Brate, tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is set to become just the sixth Crimson alum to play in the Super Bowl. Harvard has now been represented on the biggest stage two consecutive years, thanks to its increasing talent, especially at the tight end position.
“I’ve started training in fighting again, and I am ready to compete again,” Locnikar said. “I am planning on having five fights in this next semester.”
Senior running back Devin Darrington, Harvard’s leading rusher from last season, announced his transfer to the University of Virginia. The Maryland native will graduate from Harvard in the spring and be eligible to play as a graduate transfer for Virginia immediately in the fall of 2021.
Senior Crimson running back Devin Darrington has officially entered the transfer portal in the face of the Ivy League’s cancelled fall sports season. The standout rusher led the team’s powerful rushing attack last season with 102 carries for 734 yards, adding seven touchdowns as well.
The game proceeded into near-darkness as a result of the delay and the 105-year-old Yale Bowl’s deficiency in the area of lighting fixtures. The Bulldogs overcame a 17-point deficit and completed the comeback with a victory in the second overtime. And, Harvard’s unassuming first-year running back Aidan Borguet set the rushing record and tied the scoring record for the historic rivalry.
Harvard senior Liam Shanahan will be joining the defending-champion Tigers next season as a graduate transfer. The Marlborough, Mass., native will use his final year of eligibility in Baton Rouge whenever the college football season begins.