The NY Giants NFL mini-camp will have a very 'Blue and Gold' feel to it when it kicks-off later this week. Early this morning CFL analyst Justin Dunk broke the news on Twitter that former UBC kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk (Victoria, B.C.) would be joining his teammates Taylor Loffler and Terrell Davis in trying out for one of the NFL's most storied franchises.
Van Gylswyk made national headlines when he kicked the last second, winning field goal for UBC in their Vanier Cup triumph over the Montreal Carabins. His celebration after the winning kick made highlight reels across North America.
SUNDAY MAY 1st: Coming off incredible CIS Football seasons that saw them lead the UBC Thunderbirds to a Vanier Cup title, linebacker Terrell Davis (Victoria, B.C.) and defensive back Taylor Loffler (Kelowna, B.C.) received the phone call every young athlete dreams of this weekend. Both players were informed they'd been invited to the NFL's NY Giants mini-camp starting Friday, May 6th in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Davis, who already performed for scouts from the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders earlier this spring, was having dinner with his family in Victoria when he heard the news.
"I'm thrilled to have the chance to attend the NY Giants mini-camp. I've dreamt of playing pro football my whole life," says Davis. "To see that dream coming closer to being realized is exciting."
Loffler heard the news on Saturday night and immediately took to Twitter to inform two of his former Boise State teammates, currently on the Giants roster, he would be heading to "The Big Apple".
"It's a great honor to have the opportunity to try out for a great organization like the New York Giants and do whatever I can to make the team," says Loffler. "I've worked all my life to get this opportunity, so I'm ready to go down there and compete."
According to CIS records only two UBC players have ever suited up in the National Football League, and coincidentally one was offensive lineman Bill Crawford who played for the Giants in the 1960 season. Wide Receiver Brant Bengen suited up for the Seattle Seahawks in the 1987 season. UBC Football Head Coach Blake Nill believes it won't be long before CIS football players making the NFL is a more common occurence.
"Both the coaching and the science of conditioning have improved so drastically in Canada over recent years," says Nill. "What you're getting are athletes with the ability to compete with their NCAA counterparts."