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He’s back in the green and white, just like when he was a Bulldog.
Long Island football phenom Jeremy Ruckert was selected by the New York Jets today on Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft. The tight end from Lindenhurst was picked in the third round with the No. 101 pick by his childhood favorite team.
He was surrounded by his family in his hometown when he got “the call” from general manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh. Watch the touching moment below.
“It was a long night but I would’ve waited 50 more rounds to have a feeling like this,” he told greaterlongisland.com‘s Jamie Stuart moments after being drafted. “It was surreal but it’s not the ending, it’s the beginning of my story.”
Ruckert impressed scouts with his 6-foot-5, 252-pound frame and playmaking ability. At Ohio State he caught 54 passes for 615 yards and 12 touchdowns in 45 career games.
It’s been a few years since someone from the island got drafted.
The last was offensive lineman and Elmont native Greg Senat in 2018 to the Baltimore Ravens. He went in the sixth round. Before that was 2014 when the Vikings picked defensive tackle Stephen Shamar, who played for Long Island Lutheran, in the seventh round.
Top: Jeremy Ruckert celebrating after being drafted by the New York Jets in this year’s NFL Draft. (credit: Jamie Stuart)