Hardy experiences first taste of NFL (Football)

August 13, 2011

Daniel Hardy

It’s only one exhibition game, but Daniel Hardy of Anchorage looked like he belonged on a NFL field.

The rookie tight end with the Tampa Bay Bucs played from the second quarter on and caught two passes for 37 yards in a 25-0 win at the Kansas City Chiefs.

Sporting No. 88, the 6-foot-4, 249-pounder matched up well physically, came off blocks cleanly and hauled in his team’s longest catch of the night with a 21-yard grab on 3-and-8.

His other reception was an 11-yarder, catching a short pass and running to the 3-yard line. Tampa Bay punched it in on the next play.

Hardy, of West High fame, is a seventh-round draft pick out of the University of Idaho, where as a senior he was one of the top tight ends in the country despite playing for a small school.

The 23-year-old is gunning to become just the 11th Alaskan to break in the NFL, joining current players Chris Kuper of Denver, Zack Bowman of Chicago and Daryn Colledge of Arizona.