When our beloved Eagles leave Boston College, it’s easy to stop keeping track of their success. Yet, some athletes—in recent years—have not only moved onto the NFL, but have had an impact on their respective teams. Some have even become resoundingly successful. In the wake of Week 1 of the NFL season, here are several former BC players we should all be paying attention to:
Florida-transfer Tyler Murphy led the Boston College Eagles to a 7-6 overall record and a 4-4 conference record in the 2014-2015 season, with wins against USC, NC State, Virginia Tech and Syracuse, among others. Murphy adeptly and intelligently commanded a prolific offense and led one of the most exciting football seasons Boston College had seen in recent years.
Yet, few people know that Tyler Murphy is now in the NFL. And not only is he a professional—he’s already garnering attention within the league. The former quarterback was able to secure a roster spot on the Pittsburgh Steelers as a wide receiver, and had one reception for 16 yards in the team's first game of the regular season against the New England Patriots.
With one catch and one game under his belt, Murphy certainly isn’t an NFL superstar yet. But, he was able to dovetail his football IQ and raw athleticism to become a dynamic wide receiver with the potential to be an asset for the Steelers.
While Luke Kuechly played football for the Boston College Eagles during the Frank Spaziani era, a proverbial dark age for Boston College football, Kuechly emerged from the Heights with a notorious work ethic and unflappable drive.
Rewarded for his dominant individual play in college, Kuechly was the No. 9 pick in the first round of the NFL draft. After being selected by the Carolina Panthers, Kuechly wasted no time in forging a sterling reputation. With 295 tackles, 6.0 sacks and 7 interceptions in his first three seasons, Kuechly encapsulated NFL dominance.
In early September, Kuechly signed a five-year contract extension, worth $62 million, making him the highest paid middle linebacker in the NFL. Unfortunately, Kuechly also suffered a concussion to open the regular season against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will continue to undergo the NFL’s concussion protocol until he is healthy enough to play again.
As Boston College’s starting quarterback from 2005 to 2007, Matt Ryan led the team to nearly unprecedented heights, with a 25-7 overall record.
Drafted third in the 2008 NFL draft, Matt Ryan has played exclusively for the Atlanta Falcons. He has had 28,464 passing yards, 183 TDs, and a 91.1 overall passer rating during his career. Having been the Falcons’ franchise quarterback for the better part of a decade, Ryan has proven that he is one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL.
Despite an average regular season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, in which he threw 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, Ryan still looks to clinch a playoff spot and make the Atlanta Falcons, currently 1-0, serious contenders.
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