Aug. 31, 2008
(August 31, 2008) - When the 2008 NFL season kicks-off this week, former Sacred Heart standout Jon Corto will be suiting up for his hometown Buffalo Bills after earning a spot on the team's final 53-man roster announced on Saturday. Corto, who spent last season on the Bill's practice squad, will don his #47 jersey next Sunday as Buffalo plays host to the Seattle Seahawks in their season opener.
"I couldn't be happier for Jon," stated SHU Head Coach Paul Gorham. "That was his dream when he was here and he worked hard and gave himself every opportunity to achieve it."
Corto, an Orchard Park, NY native, signed with the Bill's as an undrafted free agent last June after attending the team's rookie minicamp after the draft. He made the transition from linebacker at SHU to safety and spent all of last season on the team's practice squad. During this summer's training camp, Corto began making the transition back to linebacker and earned a spot on the final roster as the Bills kept six linebackers.
Corto had a stellar four-year career as a Pioneer, earning All-American honors as well as first-team All-Northeast Conference accolades. Corto ended 2006 with a team-leading 104 tackles, 54 solo, ranking second in the conference. He averaged 9.5 tackles a game with 4.5 sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss on the year. He finished his career at SHU as the program's second all-time leading tackler with 300 tackles over four years. He finished with 15 sacks to his credit as well.
"His determination and desire to succeed is a tribute to who is," commented SHU Associate Head Coach and Linebacker Coach Mark Nofri. "In my 15 years here, he became the first Pioneer to make an NFL roster. He worked hard, not letting anyone stand in the way of his goals. From undrafted free agent to the Bills practice squad and on a 53-man roster in his second year is a tribute to his work ethic and personality."
He is the first Pioneer in program history to make the final 53-man roster of an NFL team. Last spring, Corto became the second Pioneer to make his way onto an NFL roster joing former wide receiver DeVeren Johnson (2001), who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2001 NFL Draft and spent that season on the team's practice squad.
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