HBCU Products Come Up Big In NFL’s Opening Week

Week One of the NFL season is in the books, so it’s time to look at the HBCU alums who made an impact.

*Jason Hatcher, Dallas Cowboys

// veteran defensive tackle had just two tackles against the New York Giants, but his sack of Eli Manning late in the fourth quarter was key in Dallas’ 36-31 win over their NFC East rivals.

*Antoine Bethea, Indianapolis Colts

// eighth-year defensive back from Howard was all over the field for Indy on Sunday. He finished with 11 tackles and one big interception that helped preserve a 21-17 win for the Colts.

Dimitri Patterson, Miami Dolphins

// After receiving spotty playing time in his first eight seasons in the league, Dimitri Patterson looks to have found a home in Miami. The Tuskegee product picked off two passes in the Dolphins 23-10 win over the Cleveland Browns on Opening Day.

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William Hayes, St. Louis Rams

// Coming off a career year his first season in St. Louis, Hayes made the Rams decision to resign him look good on Sunday. The defensive end from Winston-Salem State finished with three tackles and a sack in St. Louis’ 27-24 win over the Arizona Cardinals

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