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Jake Stoller ’12: A Bulldog becomes a man of steel.

Jake Stoller grew up outside the Rust Belt football town of Cleveland. After a four-year stop in New Haven, the graduating Yale senior is now headed for another Rust Belt football town: Pittsburgh.

“Yale is in the house at Steelers headquarters,” crowed David Todd ’87, a Pittsburgh sports-radio personality, after the team signed Stoller as an undrafted free agent last weekend. “I got a little smile out of that. I don’t know that there’s ever been a Yale kid on the Steeler roster.”

A 6-foot, 4-inch, 290-pound defensive lineman (or 6–3 and 284, depending on whose stats you believe), Stoller was a second-team All–Ivy League selection last season and earned Yale’s Jordan Olivar Award, reflecting “the highest respect of his teammates,” the Yale football website reports.

This weekend, Stoller is participating in a Steelers rookie minicamp, according to the New Haven Register. He’s already got his own page on the official Steelers site.

Noting that “we don’t have a lot of guys from Yale playing in the NFL,” alumnus Todd cautioned on his podcast that Stoller might not be around for long. “If I get up to Steeler camp, I’m going to make sure that I have a chat with him very early on, because it might not be that long.”

Hey, at least let the kid graduate from college.


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