Deer Valley 2007 graduate Sterling Moore lines up at safety for the New England Patriots when they face the Denver Broncos on Saturday at 5 p.m. on CBS.
The Patriots enjoyed a bye week during the first round of the playoffs, but Moore raised some eyebrows the last time his team took the field. In the final week of the regular season, Moore was named the NFL’s Rookie of the Week after intercepting two passes against the Buffalo Bills, returning one for a touchdown. After running the gauntlet of training camp with the Oakland Raiders, the Southern Methodist University graduate caught on with the Patriots and has bounced up and down from the practice squad this season.
Dave Tollefson, who graduated from Los Medanos College in 2000, has played the defensive end position for the New York Giants since 2007. The Giants square off against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on Fox.
Tollefson, a Northwest Missouri State alumnus, started two regular-season games in 2011, recording five sacks and a forced fumble. As a member of the Giants’ 2007 squad, he earned a ring in Super Bowl XLII.
The Packers also field a local athlete in rookie wide receiver Diondre Borel, a Freedom grad who spent most of the regular season on the practice squad. Borel was a quarterback for most of his career at Utah State, but was signed as an undrafted free-agent receiver, making the best use of his athletic ability.