The Cincinnati Bengals will give McDowell graduate Dan Matha the chance to fulfill his NFL dream.
(Update: Check out today’s Erie Times-News story.)
The Bengals invited Matha, who completed his career at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2012, to their Riverfront Indoor Training Facility for a three-day tryout that begins Thursday. At 6 feet 7 inches, 310 pounds, he’s expected to show off his skills as an offensive lineman.
He is the second former Erie County high school football star who will get a shot in the NFL this year. General McLane and University of Connecticut graduate Blidi Wreh-Wilson was picked by the Tennessee Titans in the third round of the recent NFL Draft. Titans rookie minicamp is scheduled to open Friday.
Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Baltimore, Cincinnati’s AFC North Division rivals, also showed interest in Matha as a rookie free agent since the conclusion of the April’s NFL draft. However, Matha said talks between his agent and those teams broke down at various points.
Matha originally was attended the University of Pittsburgh but transferred to Division II IUP in 2010. He went on to receive various all-PSAC and All-America honors for his line play with the Crimson Hawks.