There is another horizon in the league… There are already several possible future Latino rookies in the NFL. Sit with me on the shore of that beach.
There have not been a lot of Colombians in the history of the league. Fuad Reveiz, a 1994 Pro Bowl selection, from Bogotá and Jairo Peñaranda from Barranquilla both played in the NFL. Kiko Alonso, of a Colombian mother and a Cuban and Puerto Rican father, retired this year.
Well, here comes the cornerback from Oregon, christian gonzalez, a top prospect at his position and a potential first-round pick, declared for the 2023 NFL draft last week. Gonzalez said he would not play for Oregon in the 2022 SDCCU Holiday Bowl.
This year the Colombian-American sophomore helped the Ducks to a 9-3 mark. He made 51 tackles, 35 solo, with 16 assists. He is tied for 17th in the nation with 4 interceptions, after not making an interception earlier in his career.
ESPN’s Todd McShay lists Gonzalez as his second-ranked cornerback behind Kelee Ringo from Georgia.
González, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, has sports connections in his family. His father Héctor González played college basketball at UTEP and later played semi-pro basketball in Colombia.
He is the brother of the sprinter Melissa González, who represented Colombia in the JJ. oo. from Tokyo. She is married with david blough, backup quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. His other sister Samantha González is also an athlete and represents the United States. Both ran at the collegiate level.
Now the speedy and athletic González is ready to make the jump to the NFL. The tradition continues!
And now… our task is to closely follow the 2022 season of Latinos on the gridiron, week by week.
Our Latin Star of Week 14 is Eddy Pineiroas it was in Week 10.
The Carolina Panthers kicker made all three of his field goal attempts and all three of his extra point attempts in Sunday’s 30-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks. It was Carolina’s first win on the road this season.
Pineiro connected from 47, 32 and 39 yards on his field goals, helping him score double-digit points for the third time in four games.
The star of Cuban and Nicaraguan descent looked solid once again as the Panthers offense continued to move the ball effectively through the running game. For the season, he has now registered 96 points in 13 appearances.
Today we present the defensive lineman Roy Lopez IIIwhom the Houston Texans selected in the sixth round of the 2021 draft.
Lopez is incredibly proud of his Mexican roots. This year he announced from Monterey the Texans’ 107th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
His father, Roy Lopez Jr., is currently the head football coach at Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Arizona, while his mother, Veronica Gomez, is a police detective.
It is true that the Texans have not fared well this year. Their record is the worst in the NFL, 1-11-1, and they have lost eight straight.
But the second-year player is an indispensable piece of the Texans’ defense. Lopez has played in every game this season, at least through Week 14.
Last week, López turned in his best performance of the season against the Cleveland Browns, not only with 5 total tackles, 5 solo and 1 tackle for loss, but also tackled the third best running back in the league, nick chub in the end zone to get the safety.
However, Houston lost 27-14 despite the fact that the defense more than delivered. The 25-year-old Lopez reacted as a leader, blaming the offense and special teams.
“People kept saying our defense did well, but that’s not enough,” Lopez said. “It all comes down to the three phases. We have to do more. We have to keep our heads up. We didn’t do the job. We didn’t win. It all comes down to wins and losses. They tell us we did well, but it wasn’t good enough good”.
We love the iconic celebration of @RoyLopez__ 🕺🇲🇽🔥
*To dance* #We are Texanspic.twitter.com/QLvHSNU4gZ
— The Texans (@TheTexans) August 20, 2022
López is famous for his salsa dancing with which he celebrates his catches. He started the tradition when he was playing at New Mexico State – where he played before transferring to the University of Arizona for his fifth year of eligibility – precisely as a nod to his identity since there are so few Latinos in football.
Roy López: Another NFL player who has Mexico in his heart.
How Latinos played in Week 14 of the NFL
Latinos who did not play in Week 14 of the NFL
Houston Texans fullback Troy Hairston, suffered a rib injury during the team’s Week 13 loss to the Cleveland Browns and was sidelined during the Wednesday and Thursday sessions because of the issue. However, he returned to practice on Friday as a limited entrant, giving himself a chance to suit up on Sunday. In the end, the rookie of Panamanian descent did not play Sunday in a close loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
We’ve signed DL Elijah Garcia off the Rams’ practice squad.
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—Denver Broncos (@Broncos) December 7, 2022
Additionally, filling one of two vacancies on their active roster, the Denver Broncos signed defensive lineman Elijah Garcia from the Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad, the team announced last Wednesday.
Garcia becomes the eighth lineman in Denver’s defensive stable. If he is active, the 24-year-old could take over the injured role. Jonathan Harrisas a backup safety and likely special teams contributor.
Latinos on Practice Squads in NFL Week 14
Injured Latino Players: NFL Week 14
After missing the Week 13 win over the Tennessee Titans with a sore knee, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, Robert Quinn, was placed on injured reserve last Tuesday. He was scheduled to undergo an arthroscopic knee cleaning procedure.
The Puerto Rican veteran pass-rusher will miss at least the next four games, but he will be eligible to come off injured reserve for the final game of the regular season against the New York Giants and could be available to play in the postseason.
Latino Free Agents: NFL Week 14
The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced last Wednesday that former Buffalo Bills punter, Matt Arizaand his former college football teammates from San Diego Statewill not face criminal charges in connection with the alleged rape of a minor that occurred during a party on the school campus in October 2021. A civil lawsuit is pending.
The Bills released Araiza on Aug. 27, two days after a civil lawsuit was filed accusing him of having sex with a then-17-year-old high school girl who was under the legal age of consent for the state of California. , outside a party held at his campus residence on the morning of October 17, 2021, when Araiza was a member of the SDSU football team.
The lawsuit alleges that the Mexican-American, who was 21 years old at the time, led her into the home, where at least three other men, including two defendants named in the action — Araiza’s then-team teammates the Aztecs, zavier leonard Y Nowlin Ewaliko — were present, and that she was repeatedly raped for about an hour and a half.
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Latinos around the NFL in Week 14