Home Football Linked: From Boxing Out to Running Routes

Linked: From Boxing Out to Running Routes

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By , @njhoopshaven

Two years ago this month, Merrimack College senior Dillon Salva was posting up and boxing out, crashing the boards for Brookdale Community College’s basketball team.

Now he’s doing push-ups and running outs, aiming to climb onto the draft boards of NFL teams.

The Bishop Ahr High School graduate hopes to be the latest hoops-to-gridiron success story at tight end, following in the footsteps of legends like Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates.

“The NFL has turned into more of a passing league, and you’ve got these big, decently fast, athletic dudes,” said Salva, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 250 pounds. “Most tight ends are good jumpers, and they played basketball as either a small forward or power forward. Going up for a pass, it’s like going up for a rebound.”

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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