Being a college athlete is difficult especially when you must balance between having a social, academic, and athletic lifestyle. However, Division 2 QB Liam Nadler found a way to go above and beyond.
Nadler, a 6’7 235 pound gunslinger, graduated from Gannon University in Pennsylvania as magna cum laude obtaining a 3.87 cumulative grade point average while receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science. With the combination of his academic and athletic performances Nadler was named an Academic All-American for the 2nd consecutive season, an award that was only received by one other quarterback in the country.
Despite being red shirted his freshmen year, Nadler went on to smash Gannon record books as he finished his career with 11,160 passing yards and 82 touchdowns. He also accumulated 16 300-yard passing games and 30 200-yard passing games in his career becoming Gannon’s all-time leader.
After an impressive showing at the NFL Combine, Nadler received interest from various teams including the Texans, Steelers, Eagles, Chargers, and Jets. Despite drafting Penn State Quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the 2nd round, the New York Jets came out on top and invited Nadler to minicamp.
Nadler finds himself in a very interesting spot with the Jets, a team known for their quarterback struggles. Could it be the inconsistent Geno Smith that the team turns to or the newly drafted Hackenberg? Or could it be a sleeper within like Division 2 undrafted free agent Liam Nadler? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this all plays out. Expect Nadler to enjoy the ride regardless of what happens.