On Friday night, Queens native Jay Bromley got the call that most football players only dream about; one with an NFL team on the other end of it telling you that you've been drafted to play for them. Jay Bromley's phone was one from his favorite team: the New York Giants.
With their third round pick, the 74th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Giants took another Syracuse player in the defensive tackle and will join his former teammates in Justin Pugh and Ryan Nassib on the Giants; both Pugh and Nassib were draft picks for the team in last year's NFL Draft. Bromley was actually grocery shopping when he got the call from Tom Coughlin and as Bromley told Conor Orr of the Newark-Star Ledger, it was the phone call that has forever changed his life.
“The home team, this is my favorite team, it’s crazy,” Bromley said. “Big Blue. And then I get picked by them? It’s crazy. It’s amazing.”
When Bromley first got the call from a Giants scout to inform him that he would be taken in the third round, Bromley thought it was a prank call because he felt he wouldn't be selected until Saturday during the 4th-7th rounds, but once he heard Tom Coughlin's voice on the other end of the phone, then the soon to be Syracuse alum knew it was for real and was going to become a Giant.
“Honestly, man, I’m one of those guys that thinks of the worst-case scenario. I was like, man, I didn’t even expect to be drafted. But I heard from my agent anywhere between four and six…so I just thought of the worst case scenario going tomorrow at the earliest.”
Given Bromley's life and upbringing, making it into the NFL is the ultimate accomplishment. Bromley grew up in a poor part of Queens and a home that was surrounded by drug dealers and other non-desirables; he was addicted to crack when he was born, his mother abandoned him when he was three months old and his father was arrested for murder just six months later. Yet Bromley never let that bring him down and if anything, carried him through the tough times right into playing for Syracuse and now, as a member of the New York Football Giants.
Bromley is expected to immediately join a defensive tackle rotation that includes Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins, Markus Kuhn and Mike Patterson. In his senior year at Syracuse, Bromley had nine sacks and 41 total tackles.
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