This year only three players out of the NAIA signed NFL contracts, and two of those were from Belhaven.
One of the three has made their way onto the final team roster … although there is still a chance for players be picked up after the season begins.
Congratulations to Belhaven’s Tramaine Brock, for being one of the 53 players who made the final cut of the San Francisco 49ers.
And looking ahead, I know of at least two NFL scouts who have already been on our campus this fall.
Here is the story from our web site:
Former Belhaven football defensive back Tramaine Brock has earned a spot on the San Francisco 49ers 53 man roster after having an excellent training camp this summer. Brock signed an NFL free agent contract with the 49ers in April following the 2010 draft.
In four games during the preseason, Brock had six total tackles as a defensive back/special teams player and came up with an interception against the San Diego Charges late in the fourth quarter to secure a win for San Francisco in their final preseason game last Thursday.
Brock, a native of Long Beach, MS, had a team high six interceptions and returned two for touchdowns for Belhaven in 2009. Brock tied the Belhaven single season record for most interceptions and compiled 51 total tackles with 2.5 sacks, and 13.5 tackles for a loss in the 2009 season. Brock also returned kicks for the Blazers averaging 17.4 yards per return with a long of 55 yards. Brock was named to the Mid-South Conference Western Division All-Conference Team.
“I’ll take any Tramaine Brock who wants to fall in my lap any day of the week,” Belhaven coach Joe Thrasher said. “He came in and he was just as humble as can be. He comes to work every day. He was a kid who was never late for practice, never missed a meeting, and was ‘Yes, sir,’ ‘No, sir.’ If something ever happened, I could say, ‘Tramaine,’ and he’d already know what he did wrong and correct it. He made my job easy.”
“There was one game when our free safety had 22 tackles, and Tramaine didn’t take out one but two fullbacks in the game,” Thrasher said. “He was spilling that thing to the outside, right to our free safety. He did anything to make our team better. He also had two interceptions that game. He was very unselfish.”
For more information on Brock’s rise to the NFL fans can read Comcast Sportsnet writer Matt Maiocco’s article “Longshot Brock Makes Most of Opportunities” on CSNBayArea.com by clicking here. The San Francisco 49ers press release on the 53 man roster called “Off the Fringe, On the 53” can be viewed by clicking here.