Hardy signs with New Orleans Saints (Football)

November 22, 2011

Daniel Hardy

Daniel Hardy’s NFL dream is taking a detour through the Big Easy.

The 23-year-old rookie tight end has signed with the New Orleans Saints and today participated in his first practice, signifying his return to the league after getting drafted and then released by the Tampa Bay Bucs before the season.

Hardy, of West High fame, joined the Saints practice squad after Michael Higgins was promoted to the active roster to replace injured backup Daniel Thomas.

“It’s a blessing,” Hardy told me. “I’m going to keep grinding and treat every day like it’s my last because it could be.”

The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder was drafted in the seventh round by the Bucs in the 2011 NFL Draft out of the University of Idaho.

After Hardy got released by the Bucs he got looks from a few teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, before eventually signing with the Saints.

He instantly jumped in the NFC South standings, joining a first-place New Orleans team that has won 7 of 10 games.

Hardy will be on the Saints sideline for Sunday night’s home game against the New York Giants on ESPN.