New York Jets Draft Far Rockaway Native

UConn defensive lineman Folorunso “Foley” Fatukasi, originally from Far Rockaway, was drafted as a sixth-round pick by the NY Jets. The 6-foot-4, 318-pound player was the 180th pick overall. The Beach Channel High School graduate had 168 tackles in 48 games at UConn.

Despite having met with Jets team officials at the East-West Shrine Game, he never thought that he would be drafted by them this weekend. He found out in his home, surrounded by his family and friends.

“It was a long day,” said Fatukasi, according to Newsday. “I did have some friends and family who just came and supported me regardless of what was going to happen and I’m highly thankful for them because they’ve always been behind me. Just to even be at this moment, I’m trying to catch my breath just talking because it was a long day thinking when my phone [was] going to ring.”

Just to even be at this moment, I’m trying to catch my breath just talking because it was a long day thinking when my phone [was] going to ring.
— Foley Fatukasi

The Jets drafted another defensive lineman, Nathan Shepherd of Fort Hays State, in the third round.

Jets coach Todd Bowles said, "Same size, different players. Fatukasi can go across and play nose [tackle], as I think the other one can as well, Shepherd, but the way we're going to use them in different schemes, the way they fit differently in our defense, we have plans for both of them. They can play on the same side. The can also play opposite each other. ... We have them both slotted for certain things.”

Foley is the 22nd player to be drafted into the NFL from UConn since 2009.