Former Loper Finds New NFL Home

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Former Nebraska-Kearney defensive end Mason Brodine is now a member of the St. Louis Rams.

The Elm Creek native was waived by the Oakland Raiders earlier this week. Last year, after signing a free agent deal with the club, he spent most of the year on the practice squad before being activated late and playing in a couple of regular season games.

In the off season, Oakland got a new coaching staff and general manager. Once of the assistants let go was defensive line coach Mike Waufle, now holding the same title with the Rams.

Once Brodine gets to St. Louis, he'll be one of several Division II players on the roster. That group includes two defensive ends, William Hayes (Winston-Salem State, N.C.) and Eugene Sims (West Texas A & M), rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein (UNO & Missouri Western State) and rookie offensive tackle Joe Long (Wayne State, Mich.)

Long played in last year's 38-26 playoff win at UNK while Zuerlein played in three UNO-UNK contests.

Finally, Brodine isn't the only Ram with RMAC connections. St. Louis special teams coordinator John Fassel worked several seasons at New Mexico Highlands, serving as head coach in 2003 and 2004.

Courtesy: UNK Media Relations