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Mahwah Grad Turned San Diego Charger Scores First NFL Start

Kevin Haslam was given the game-winning ball for his part in the Chargers' unexpected victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, reports say

Mahwah High School grad Kevin Haslam started in his first NFL game Sunday, and reports say he stepped up to the challenge.

The San Diego Chargers had their best game of the season Sunday – a 34-24 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. After the game, a Chargers Blog report said Coach Norv Turner gave Haslam and new team member Reggie Wells the game-winning ball.

“Haslam and Wells were called upon at the 11th hour to fill voids of an ailing Chargers offensive line and they did just that,” the report said.

Haslam was traded to the San Diego Chargers’ practice team two months ago and signed a two-year deal to be on the team’s active roster about two weeks ago, a Chargers.com report said. In the team’s Dec. 2 game against the Bengals, Haslam filled in mid-game to replace Jeromey Clary, who injured his knee during the game, the report said.

The 6-foot-5, 304-pound football player started in place of Clary as left tackle Sunday, a CBS Sports report said. It was the first start of his NFL career, the report said.

Haslam, who played football all four years of high school in Mahwah and at Rutgers, was first signed to the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2010, reports say. He played in five games for the Jags in 2010, but a knee injury kept him from playing last season, and he was released in March. Haslam was signed to a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders in May, but was released this summer, reports said.

This year and last, Haslam also volunteered as a guest instructor at a junior football camp in Mahwah.

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Jonathan N. Marcus December 11, 2012 at 05:03 PM
So very proud of Kevin. His story is an inspiration. Just goes to show that if you believe in yourself, continue to push forward and have patience, good things can come. Kevin is living the motto that coach Schiano put in place at Rutgers: "KEEP CHOPPIN!"

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