Ex-Gaels lineman signs with NFL's Cincinnati Bengals
Former Queen’s Gaels offensive lineman Matt O’Donnell has signed a professional contract with the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League.
“I’m really excited to get to Cincinnati and try to get a jersey,” said an excited O’Donnell. “My goal is to earn a roster position and become a regular NFL player.”
O’Donnell who stands at a towering 6-foot-10 and weighs 340 pounds, spent four seasons with the Gaels and dressed for every game since joining the team in 2007. He is a two-time All-Canadian and was the 2010 recipient of the OUA J.P. Metras Award for the top lineman in the conference.
O’Donnell was a participant in the 2010 East-West Shrine Bowl and ranked as a top 10 CFL prospect for the entire 2010-11 season.
“He’s got an NFL body and is a very physical player,” said Queen’s Head Coach Pat Sheahan “He also has that extra quality that defines great football players. You like to have guys out there that get fired up and really want to win – that’s Matt O’Donnell!”
Five Queen’s players have participated in NFL camps, most recently Brad Elberg with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1993. Former Gaels offensive lineman Mike Schad was taken in the first round of the NFL draft by the then Los Angeles Rams 23rd overall in 1986.