Hudson Valley Home Stand
Brandon Hepburn drafted by Lions; Trent Steelman, Gilbert Pena and Mike Rios to sign free agent deals
Four Hudson Valley football standouts learned Saturday that they will get their chance in the NFL.
The Detroit Lions used a seventh-round draft pick-- 245th overall -- on Brandon Hepburn, an inside linebacker who played at North Rockland High School and Florida A&M.
After the draft concluded, former Army quarterback Trent Steelman, who projects as a slot receiver in the NFL, agreed...Read more »
Menelik Watson, a former post player on the Marist basketball team, will wear the silver and black.
The Oakland Raiders used their second-round pick – the 42nd selection overall – on Watson, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive tackle from Manchester, England. After spending two years at Marist, Watson transferred to Saddlebrook, a junior college in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he began playing...Read more »
Keith Bulluck, the former Tennessee Titans All-Pro linebacker, says NFL fans should get used to the idea that the pro football will be less violent in the future.
In an interview with Newsday, Bulluck, a Suffern native who played at Clarkstown North High School, said that without rule changes to make the NFL safer, the league faces extinction.
“I come from the age where we use to watch...Read more »
Marist wide receiver Mike Rios may or may not get selected in this week’s NFL Draft, but there are 4.38 reasons to believe he’ll be on some team’s roster when training camps open.
Rios, the Red Foxes’ record-setting deep threat, worked out for pro scouts last month at Florida International University’s Pro Day in his hometown of Miami, running the 40-yard dash in a blazing 4.38 seconds. That...Read more »
Sure, NFL scouts might have some concerns about drafting Brandon Hepburn this week. His intelligence and character are not among them.
The North Rockland High School alum might very well cure cancer after all.
Hepburn, 23, an inside linebacker who played at Florida A&M, already has graduated with a degree in biochemistry, is a member of the National Honor Society and even discovered...Read more »
After graduating from Saunders High School in Yonkers, Gilbert Pena took four years off from playing football to care for his mother, who was battling cancer.
"I didn't want to leave her alone,” Pena told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in December. “Eighteen years she'd been raising me, taking care of me. The least I could do was go out and get a job and kind of help her around...Read more »
As of now, Trent Steelman has a commitment to serve in the Army next year. But take one look at his Twitter profile, and it’s pretty clear he’d rather be lacing up cleats than combat boots this fall.
“Former Army Football QB and (h)opefully get the opportunity to play at the next level,” Steelman’s profile proclaims.
Thanks to a 2008 directive by the Department of Defense, there is a...Read more »
A former Marist athlete could very well be selected in the first round of this week's NFL Draft.
Ironically, he never played football for the Red Foxes.
Instead, Menelik Watson, a native of Manchester, England, spent two years on Marist's basketball team. After being redshirted his first season and then averaging just 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds the next year, he decided against returning...Read more »
When it comes to helping out the victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, Devin McCourty is tackling the problem.
The New England Patriots defensive back and Nanuet native announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he would donate $100 for each tackle and $200 for every interception he makes next season.
His pledge follows new teammate Danny Amendola’s. The wide receiver...Read more »
Sure, you're probably well aware that Florida Gulf Coast is in the Sweet 16. But did you know Ray Rice is there, too?
The Baltimore Ravens' Pro Bowl running back and former New Rochelle High School star has advanced to the Sweet 16 in the online voting to determine who will don the cover of the Madden 25 video game when it is released in August.
In the first round, Rice cruised past...Read more »