Posted March 06, 2013

Seahawks sign player who never played college football

NFL

A former pro basketball player who never played college football has a chance to make an NFL roster.

The Seattle Seahawks signed Darren Fells, who is the younger brother of New England Patriots tight end Daniel Fells, to a three-year deal, the team confirmed Tuesday.

Fells, 26, played his college hoops at Cal-Irvine and recently played pro basketball for Libertad Sunchales in  Argentina. Fells was supposed to have a Pro Day to showcase his skills, but the Seahawks were impressed enough to offer him a contract.

According to the Everett Herald, the 6-foot-7, 280-pound Fells has played hoops overseas in Belgium, Finland, France, Mexico. Fells’ UC Irvine bio said he was an all-state tight end at Fullerton High School in California.

Here is Fells showing his skills on the basketball court.


11 comments
Stoney18
Stoney18

The New England Patriots had Stephen Neal at guard for many seasons.  Was a wrestler in college = collegiate heavyweight champ!

yankeepeet
yankeepeet

Seahawks had Marcus Pollard before...  who made it to the NFL after being at Bradley University... which doesn't even have a football team:)  BTW, Marcus was a GREAT basketball player in the MVC and a pretty good TE for the Colts and others.

mollymeggleston
mollymeggleston

jimmy graham didn't play much college football either and he did all right...

Crapahoola
Crapahoola

How come some NFL team doesn't look for a 7'-0"+  TE for short yardage that a QB can throw to? 

NickyTheEar
NickyTheEar

This isn't the first time this has happened, Stephen Neil who was a 3 time super bowl winner as guard with the Patriots.  He never played a down of college football.  Neil actually wrestled at Cal State-Bakersfield where he was a 2 time NCAA Champion at heavyweight, and in 1999 he went on to win the world championship in freestyle wrestling.  

Sonicboom
Sonicboom

Awesome. to bad Shaqs to old

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Surprised more NFL teams are not looking for diamonds in the pro b.ball rough!

jamsub
jamsub

 @Crapahoola They still have to take the hits and be able to block on run plays. Sure guys like Shaq Alonzo Mourning and Dwight Howard could handle the tasks pretty well but most 7 footers are not built the same way.  Tyson Chandler for the Knicks as an example does not look to have the build for a TE. That is how most centers are in the NBA now.

brian.haslip
brian.haslip

 @NickyTheEar Not to mention Antonio Gates, another basketball player who never played a down of football in college. I'd say his Hall of Fame career turned out nicely.

MarkFahrenbacher
MarkFahrenbacher

 @jamsub  @Crapahoola  I agree.  Shaq is the only one I can think of in recent history that may have had the bulk to fight.  Too slow to run effective 10+ yard patterns but a great option at the goal line.