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Will Tye: First player from Stony Brook University to appear in an NFL game

New York Giants tight end Will Tye #48

New York Giants tight end Will Tye #48 performs drills during the second day of minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Will Tye stood in the Giants' locker room after Sunday's win over the Bills and looked around, and when he was asked what he was doing there, he grinned and said: "I must be lost."

The tight end from Stony Brook University likely felt that way because he was the first player from the Long Island school to appear in an NFL game.

Tye said he heard from "just about everybody" at Stony Brook. "All my coaches hit me up, all the administration," he said. "They said good luck, we'll be watching. It definitely felt good."

Tye suspected at the beginning of the week that there was a chance he would play. The Giants had only one healthy tight end on their active roster and he was being used quite a bit with the starting offense in practices.

"I was like, 'This could be a good week,' '' Tye said.

But even when he was told he was being promoted from the practice squad, he said he didn't believe it. It wasn't until the bus ride to the airport that it sunk in.

"I realized we were going to play a game," he said. "It was a business trip."

Tye played a decent number of snaps on offense. He made a nice block on a run for a first down in the second quarter but also dropped the only pass thrown in his direction.

"It felt good just to be out there and playing," he said.

And repping the Seawolves.

"Shout-out to Stony Brook," he said. "It means that you can make it from anywhere if you just stay focused and keep working hard."


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