Labor Day means back to work for the Dartmouth football team and BGA Premium. Check in tonight for full coverage of the start of the final week of the preseason. (Next week is GAME week ;-)
While you wait, here are the Ivy Leaguers who survived the final round of NFL cuts – keeping in mind there may still be moves before opening day.
Zak DeOssie (Giants), Dewey Jarvis (Falcons)
Josh Martin (Jets)
JC Tretter (Browns)
Cameron Brate (Buccaneers); Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buccaneers); Anthony Firkser (Titans); Kyle Juszczyk (49ers); Ben Braunecker (Bears); Cole Toner (Chargers); Nick Easton (Vikings); Tyler Ott (Seahawks)
Brandon Copeland (Jets); Justin Watson (Buccaneers)
Seth DeValve (Browns)
Foyesade Oluokun (Falcons)
Teams with more than one Ivy Leaguer:
Buccaneers – 3
Falcons – 2
Jets – 2
Browns – 2
For perspective, the Patriot League has just two players in the NFL and FCS powerhouse New Hampshire has one.
Dartmouth saw quarterback Jack Heneghan and corner Charlie Miller last until the final exhibition game with the 49ers and Jaguars respectively, but is represented in the CFL by tailback Ryder Stone (Alouettes) and defensive end Flo Orimolade (Stampeders).
Green Alert Take: As they say, "Haters gonna hate," but the Ivy League representation in the NFL should be a clue to those around the country who don't have much regard for football in the Ancient Eight that there are plenty of good players in the league. And here's the thing: They don't play in a vacuum. It's just a crying shame the Ivy presidents won't allow them to prove it in the NCAA playoffs for no good reason.