Grandson of former Patriots player drafted 3rd overall

Grandson of former Patriots player drafted 3rd overall

The grandson of a former New England Patriots player who was infamously paralyzed on the field is now a top three NFL draft pick.Derek Stingley Jr., a cornerback out of Louisiana State University, was drafted by the Houston Texans with the third overall pick.Stingley, 20, was a consensus All-American as a freshman in 2019 on the LSU Tigers’ national championship team. He earned First Team All-America recognition from the American Football Coaches Association in 2020, but was limited to just three games this past season due to a torn ligament in his foot.The Louisiana native finished his collegiate career with six interceptions, 26 pass deflections and 73 total tackles in 25 games.Stingley is the grandson of former Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley, also a first-roudn draft pick, who played five seasons for New England.”My grandpa, he was a receiver, so ball skills were there, the athleticism was there and I have the ball skills in my opinion,” Derek Stingley Jr. said.Darryl Stingley suffered a severe spinal cord injury when he was leveled by Oakland Raiders safety Jack Tatum while going across the middle of the field for a pass during a 1978 preseason game.”I mean, it’s tragic,” Derek Stingley Jr. said. “He went up in the air and at the last second, tensed for it. I think it was a freak accident.”The elder Stingley’s NFL career was over at the age of 26 and spent the rest of his life as a quadriplegic. He died on April 5, 2007, at the age of 55 of heart disease and pneumonia, both complications of his quadriplegia.Derek Stingley Jr. was just 5 years old at the time of his grandfather’s death.”All the talent and all the lessons have been passed down from him to my dad to me,” he said. “My dad, before every game, he always hits in my shoulders. He says: ‘Play with this.’ Then he hits me (in my helmet) and he says: ‘Think with this.’ And he said: ‘Most importantly, go out with (your heart).'”Stingley Jr. was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick by Texans general manager Nick Caserio, who was a Patriots executive for 20 seasons. Caserio rose as high as New England’s director of player personnel, a role he held from 2008 through 2020.

The grandson of a former New England Patriots player who was infamously paralyzed on the field is now a top three NFL draft pick.

Derek Stingley Jr., a cornerback out of Louisiana State University, was drafted by the Houston Texans with the third overall pick.

Stingley, 20, was a consensus All-American as a freshman in 2019 on the LSU Tigers’ national championship team. He earned First Team All-America recognition from the American Football Coaches Association in 2020, but was limited to just three games this past season due to a torn ligament in his foot.

The Louisiana native finished his collegiate career with six interceptions, 26 pass deflections and 73 total tackles in 25 games.

Stingley is the grandson of former Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley, also a first-roudn draft pick, who played five seasons for New England.

“My grandpa, he was a receiver, so ball skills were there, the athleticism was there and I have the ball skills in my opinion,” Derek Stingley Jr. said.

AP Photo/John Bazemore

In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (24) intercepts the ball from Georgia wide receiver George Pickens (1) during the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, in Atlanta. Stingley was selected to The Associated Press All-America team, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019.

Darryl Stingley suffered a severe spinal cord injury when he was leveled by Oakland Raiders safety Jack Tatum while going across the middle of the field for a pass during a 1978 preseason game.

“I mean, it’s tragic,” Derek Stingley Jr. said. “He went up in the air and at the last second, tensed for it. I think it was a freak accident.”

AP

Darryl Stingley, a New England Patriots wide receiver, lies on the field after receiving a hit that paralyzed him during football game at the Oakland Coliseum in California on Aug. 13, 1978.

The elder Stingley’s NFL career was over at the age of 26 and spent the rest of his life as a quadriplegic. He died on April 5, 2007, at the age of 55 of heart disease and pneumonia, both complications of his quadriplegia.

Derek Stingley Jr. was just 5 years old at the time of his grandfather’s death.

“All the talent and all the lessons have been passed down from him to my dad to me,” he said. “My dad, before every game, he always hits in my shoulders. He says: ‘Play with this.’ Then he hits me (in my helmet) and he says: ‘Think with this.’ And he said: ‘Most importantly, go out with (your heart).'”

ESPN

Derek Stingley Jr. holds up the No. 84 New England Patriots jersey of his late grandfather, Darryl Stingley.

Stingley Jr. was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick by Texans general manager Nick Caserio, who was a Patriots executive for 20 seasons. Caserio rose as high as New England’s director of player personnel, a role he held from 2008 through 2020.

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