Free Agent Yale Captain Looks to Make Roster
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Tom McCarthy '10 has shown a lot of patience since following his brother to New Haven to play football for Yale. An illness forced him to wait a year to begin his collegiate career, and the Chester, N.J. native had to sit out 2010 spring practices before taking over as team captain for last fall. He had to be patient again this summer as the National Football League lockout made him wait to sign a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons. It was worth it.
McCarthy, a 6-foot-6, 268-pound defensive end will hit the field with the Falcons on Friday at their practice complex in Flowery Branch, Ga. In the mean time, the All-Ivy League defensive standout will be hitting the books to learn the system.
"All the hard work since the end of last season has paid off. This is very exciting," said McCarthy, from his condominium in the Falcons' complex. "I will be studying the playbook they gave me today as soon as I get off the phone."
The former Yale star, who is rooming with ex-Rhode Island safety Matt Hansen, will try to win a defensive end spot in Atlanta's 4-3 defense. "It's exactly what I've been doing the last couple of years, so I'm very comfortable with it."
McCarthy led the Elis with four sacks and three forced fumbles in 2010 while making more tackles (31) than any Yale lineman despite playing in just seven games due to injury. He finished his collegiate career with 11 sacks.
The 2010 Yale captain is one of two Bulldogs in an NFL camp this week. Shane Bannon '11, picked in the seventh round of the NFL draft, lines up as an H-Back for the Kansas City Chiefs in hopes of winning a roster spot.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
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