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Alex Tanney Turns Down The Pittsburgh Steelers For The Buffalo Bills


Things are really starting to look up for the Bills.  It’s probably this kind of sentiment that led former Monmouth quarterback Alex Tanney to phone the Pittsburgh Steelers with news that he wouldn’t be working out with them.  Instead, he decided to come to Buffalo.

That’s right folks, you read it correctly.  Given a choice, the man who leads all of the NCAA divisions for career touchdown passes would rather compete for a spot with the Bills.

Personally, I believe Tanney to be a more exciting prospect than Richmond’s Aaron Corp.  Maybe it’s because Aaron spent time backing up Mark Sanchez at USC.  Really though, Tanney has put up some impressive stats over the course of his collegiate career.

Tanney’s resume includes holding the record for most passing yards in Division III, being named Offensive Player of the Year in the Midwest Conference in 2008, 2009, and 2011, and he was presented with the Melberger Award Trophy, which is given to outstanding football players in Division III.

Overall, he seems to be a pretty good choice considering the Bills didn’t even have to spend a draft pick on him.

While breaking numerous records at Monmouth, Tanney led his team to the playoffs in three out of the four years he was there.  It remains to be seen whether or not he can translate his record setting and winning ways to the NFL.  Still, for someone projected to be chosen in the sixth round of this year’s draft, he seems like an intriguing character.

Perhaps even more interesting is Tanney’s viral YouTube video which illustrates his accuracy.  In it, he sinks a football through a basketball net from across the court and hits a goal post crossbar from 50 yards away, while kneeling.

His “trick shots” impressed former president of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, so much that he decided to film him on an episode of his show ‘Superhumans’.

Alex Tanney is certainly someone to keep on your radar for winning the Bills’ backup quarterback job.  He may not be known to everyone, including many Bills fans.  I have a feeling, though, he may just have a few “tricks” up his sleeve and enough to win the coaches over.

 

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