Vincentian picked by New England Patriots in first round of NFL draft (+video)
For the first time in history, a Vincentian has been drafted into the National Football League (NFL) in the United States.
N’Keal Harry, an Arizona State wide receiver was picked last night as the 32nd and final selection of the first round by reigning world champions the New England Patriots.
Harry is the son of Vincentian Naudine Harry, an employee at the St Vincent Electricity Services Limited (VINLEC). The 22-year-old was born in Canada and came to SVG as a baby where he lived at Lowmans Hill.
He migrated to the US when he was three years old with his grandmother Felna Harry.
Harry, a student at the Arizona State University (ASU), announced last November that he would forgo his senior season at ASU and enter the NFL Draft.
The Patriots, on their site, said Harry is “…one of the best wide receivers to enter the draft this year. His size and athletic skills help make up for some of his minor shortcomings, and made him a productive player at Arizona State: in his three years playing for the Sun Devils, Harry averages 71 catches, 963 receiving yards and 7.3 touchdowns per season.”
Commenting last November on her son’s success at football, his mom Naudine said, “I am really very proud of him. He has really worked hard for this and it is something that he has always dreamed about and I am happy and excited.”
The proud mom said when N’keal chose football above all other sports, the family was a bit worried because of the rough nature of the sport, but N’Keal was born to play football.
“He had a choice with Basketball and other sports because he was always athletic but he stuck to American football,” said Naudine who added that N’Keal’s sister Rheanna is also very proud of him.