Mormons in the NFL in 2013: How they got here and how they are doing
Another returned missionary and practice-squad offensive lineman is Buffalo's Mark Asper. After anchoring Oregon's offensive line, Asper has been riding an NFL roller coaster. According to Buffalorumblings.com, Asper was drafted by the Bills in 2012, then released and claimed off waivers by Minnesota. The Vikings released him and he spent fall training camp with Jacksonville before being released again and coming back to Buffalo.
"(He) has now come back full circle where the Bills intended to have him all along," writes Brian Galliford. "Asper worked with the team as a center during Chan Gailey's last training camp, and he gives the team some flexibility behind injured reserve guard/center Doug Legursky."
Before he left Oregon for the NFL, Asper and his young family were featured in a 2011 video report by Nick Krupke of KVAL.com. The video introduces Asper's wife and two children and the impact they have on his life.
Meanwhile, Eric Weddle, an LDS convert and former all-American safety at Utah, continues to be a leader for San Diego's defense. Weddle, a captain and three-time all-pro selection, was recently featured on Chargers.com.
First-year San Diego coach Mike McCoy said of Weddle: “He’s a crafty veteran that’s played a lot and has had a great career to this point and time. He is a great guy to learn from. Anytime you can play behind an experienced veteran, you’re crazy to not listen to everything they say or watch everything they do. Some guys are a little quieter than others, but you’ve got to watch what they do (and) how they do things. The way they study the game. The good players in this league, it’s not only on the field, it’s off the field. The way they take care of their bodies. It’s nutritionally. It’s the weight room. It’s the film room. It’s everything they do because they’re true pros. And that’s what Eric is.”
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