BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Day three of the NFL Draft was kind to Western New York, with both J.C. Tretter and Steven Means selected.
Tretter, an offensive lineman out of Akron, N.Y., went to the Packers in the 4th round. Means, a Buffalo native, went off the board to Tampa Bay in the 5th round as a defensive end.
In a phone interview with News 4 Sports today, Tretter admitted he was surprised when the Packers called his phone. After starring in the Ivy League at Cornell, it was the call he's been waiting for his whole life.
"It's tough to describe," said Tretter. "You know Green Bay's on the clock, and then you see your phone ring and it's got the Wisconsin area code... just an overwhelming amount of joy, happiness comes over you."
Means was smiling ear-to-ear today. He played high school football at Grover Cleveland, then stayed local to suit up at U.B. in college. Today's draft was the crowning achievement so far.
"I've always had to sneak through the back door," said Means. "It wouldn't have been a surprise to me not to wind up in the draft, but for these guys to say they're going to give me a shot... it says a lot to me, and I'm willing to go out there and give them my all."
Two other local players who went undrafted quickly found a spot on an NFL roster. Former Bills star Steve Tasker's son, Luke, who played wide receiver with Tretter at Cornell, signed with the Chargers. Means's college teammate, Willie Moseley, will join him in the pro's with Tampa Bay.
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