Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 6/11/13
Tim Tebow is Kakfaesque. Sort of. Yes, the New England Patriots signing of Tebow yesterday squeezed quarterback Mike Kafka out of the NFL. The Patriots released him yesterday just months after signing him to a futures contract. No reason to write any further about Tebow signing with the Pats, other than mentioning the fact that he’ll likely be QB3 on the depth chart. QB1 is Tom Brady (thanks Capt. Obvious!) QB2 will be the embattled and maligned Ryan Mallett. Which means Kafka, a former Northwestern and St. Rita (Chicago) star is now no longer part of the Patriots plans. Kafka, 25, was originally a fourth-round draft pick (122nd overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles out of NU in 2011. He played in four games as a rookie, completing 11 of 16 passes for 107 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Kafka was released by the Eagles on Aug. 31, 2012, and spent last year not playing football. He did look decent in that Sunday Night game a couple years ago when he saw significant time relieving an injured Mike Vick. Kafka is probably best remembered for the insane numbers he put up in the 2010 Outback Bowl vs Auburn. It was a very exciting, back-and-forth, pass happy overtime loss for Northwestern. The Tigers would go on to be college football champions the very next season. My favorite Kafka memory though is a soundbite from his college coach Pat Fitzgerald. Heading into the season finale versus Wisconsin, Fitz spoke about the battle for the Big Ten MVP award. Fitzgerald said the game would be a battle for who would get the Silver Football, and the two leading candidates were Mike Kafka and the Badgers John Clay, the league’s leading rusher. Kafka had 10 TD passes and 7 interceptions at the time. Must have been a really slow year for trophy candidates. Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net. (“Quasi-endorsed” by Philadelphia Eagles Coach Chip Kelly) He’s also an author who also contributes regularly to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, Walter Football.com and Yardbarker Banks has appeared on the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks), like him on Facebook The post New England Patriots cut Northwestern star QB Mike Kafka appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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