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LI’s Victor Ochi gets his feet wet in NFL debut for Jets

Victor Ochi went from raw talent at Valley Stream Central High School to one of the best players in Stony Brook football history. Now, after a long pre-draft process, he's one of the newest members of the Baltimore Ravens. Newsday followed Ochi as he went through the rigors of the NFL Combine, Pro Day and the draft chasing his longtime dream of playing in the NFL. (Credit: Newsday Staff)

Victor Ochi’s face said it all.

“Finally got an opportunity to step on the field and live my dream. I’m just happy,” the Valley Stream native and Stony Brook alum said with a smile Sunday after the Jets’ 24-16 win over Baltimore.

Ochi’s stat line might not look like much — one tackle and a handful of snaps — but his high energy playing on the edge was noticed. “It was cool,” he said of facing the Ravens, the team that signed him as an undrafted free agent in the offseason but waived him during final roster cuts. “You’ve got to get your first-game jitters a little bit, but I’m glad that I’m doing what I love to do.”

Ochi, who learned he was being promoted to the active roster after Saturday’s walkthrough, had no idea how much he’d get to play. He said beating his former team didn’t make the win any more sweet.

“You can’t take the business of the game personal,” he said. “At the end of the day, I still got love for my boys up there in Baltimore. I grinded throughout the whole training camp with them. So it’s definitely no hard feelings. Coach John [Harbaugh] is a good man.”


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