Sports | 3:43 pm | May 6, 2012 | By Charles Condro

Stoller ’12 headed for NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers

Patrick Witt '12 did not receive a contract after last weekend's NFL draft.
Patrick Witt '12 did not receive a contract after last weekend's NFL draft. Photo by Brianne Bowen.

A Yale football player received a rookie free agent contract after last weekend’s NFL draft.

Jake Stoller ’12, a defensive tackle, signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers after the draft finished April 28. Quarterback Patrick Witt ’12, who participated in the annual NFL combine earlier this year, remains unsigned.

Stoller was one of twelve rookies who signed with the Steelers after the draft. He recorded 4.5 sacks his senior season on his way to being named second team All-Ivy. He also received Yale’s Jordan Olivar Award, which is awarded to the Yale football player most respected by his teammates.

Witt is looking to join Stoller in the NFL. The quarterback was scheduled for a tryout with the Atlanta Falcons this weekend, and Stoller said Witt is in contact with several other teams, whose names he would not disclose.

In three years with the Blue and White after transferring from Nebraska, the 6’4” quarterback completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 37 touchdowns. The Bleacher Report’s Zachary Rymer argued that Witt’s draft stock may have been hurt after The New York Times reported in January that a Yale student had filed an informal complaint of sexual assault against Witt.

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