BREAKING: Scullion signs NFL deal with Rutgers

By Michael McMullan

FORMER Derry u-20 goalkeeper Jack Scullion is the latest GAA player to make a step towards a career in the NFL after signing a scholarship with Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Scullion, from Lavey, will take over as kicker from Jude McAtamney who has since signed for the New York Giants.

A past pupil of St Patrick’s Maghera, Scullion will study Quantity Surveying at Rutgers and is currently training with the squad ahead of the new season.

It follows from the news of McAtamney and Charlie Smyth’s progress from GAA to NFL.

Scullion, who was called into the Derry senior panel under Rory Gallagher, attended a camp in Dublin where his first kick caught the attention of kicking coach Tadhg Leader.

After playing outfield with Lavey at underage, he moved between the posts at minor level and was an important part of their back-to-back minor winning team that also conquered Ulster at St Paul’s.

It led to a call up for the Derry u-20 and senior squads.

The wheels began to turn and with McAtamney leaving, the Rutgers had a spot on their roster.

After a formal visit to the university, Scullion was offered a scholarship. He now has a chance to impress NFL scouts when he starts playing on the college scene.

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