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Former William Paterson University’s wide receiver Joel Rivera had a try out for the NFL's New York Jets at their team Rookie Minicamp.
Rivera owns the program's career receptions (159), yardage (2,209) and touchdowns (23) records, the single-season catches (74, 2008) and yardage (965, 2008) top marks, and the single-game receptions (16, 9/27/08 at Rowan) and yardage (226, 9/27/08 at Rowan) records after starting in 29 of 36 career games.
He was invited to play in the 2009 Tazon de Estrella’s (Bowl of the Stars) and the Division III Football Senior Classic All-Star Games.
Rivera established new school records with his 74 catches and 965 receiving yards during the 2008 campaign, earning spots on the D3Football.com All-East Region Second Team and the All-NJAC First Team. He also caught seven touchdown passes and returned eight kickoffs for 158 yards (19.8 yards/return) as a junior, and ranked first in both receiving yards/game (96.5, 30th in Division III) and receptions/game (7.4, 16th in NCAA), and seventh in all-purpose yardage (114.3 yards/game), in the NJAC.
Rivera played professional baseball in the Milwaukee Brewers' organization after being selected in the 15th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft out of Hoboken High School. After spending two years in the minors, he elected to attend college, and walked on to the William Paterson football team in 2006 after not playing the sport since early in his scholastic career.
Former William Paterson offensive lineman Dashawn Johnson was one of 28 undrafted players invited to the NFL's Green Bay Packers rookie orientation camp and tryout.
Johnson was a member of the 2013 All-New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Second Team, starting in all nine of his appearances at left tackle. The 6-4, 310-pound lineman saw action in 37 games during his four-year career as a Pioneer (2010-13), starting 31 times. He capped his time at WP by participating in the 2014 Dream Bowl Senior Football All-Star Game Jan. 20 in Virginia Beach, Va.
Former William Paterson senior cornerback Leer Biddle finished his illustrious career with a selection to the D3football.com All-America Defensive First Team, as well as a ten day contract with the arena footballs Philadelphia Soul.
A member of the 2010 D3football.com All-East Region and All-New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) First Teams. A starter in all 40 games during his career, Biddle registered 158 total tackles (127 solo, 4.5 for loss), eight interceptions, 21 pass breakups, one fumble forced and two fumbles recovered.
Biddle participated in the first-annual FCS Senior Scout Bowl Dec. 11, earning an invitation to that event based on his performance at the Division III Football Senior Classic held Dec. 3 in Salem, Va. He contributed an interception, and after the North took a 20-18 lead thanks to a field goal with two seconds remaining, he cut off a lateral of the South Team's kickoff return and ran it back 35 yards for a touchdown and the final points of the 26-18 victory.
After posting an impressive performance at one of the NFL's pro days at Wagner College in 2016, former William Paterson University wide receiver attended a New York Jets' Rookie Minicamp.
The three-day minicamp will take place at the Jets' Atlantic Health Training Center in Florham Park, N.J., providing an opportunity for undrafted free agents to try out as part of the Jets' offseason workouts. DiMarsico will complete on-field workouts and drills amongst a number of invitees from schools including Alabama, Arkansas, Tulsa and Vanderbilt.
DiMarsico, who completed his collegiate career this past November, was a versatile member of the Pioneer offense across his three-year career with WP. Playing in 29 games and starting 26, DiMarsico tallied 86 receptions for 1,362 yards and 16 touchdowns, 101 carries for 538 yards and eight scores on the ground and passed for 1,299 yards and nine touchdowns on 97 completions. On WP's career statistical rankings charts, DiMarsico appears in the top 10 in scoring (third, 146 points), yards/reception (tied-third, 15.8), receiving yards (fifth), all-purpose yards (sixth, 2,214), receptions (seventh), total offense (seventh, 1,837 yards) and rushing touchdowns (tied-eighth).
Anthony earned spots on the 2015 USA Football Preseason All-American First Team and 2015 Eastern Football Network Preseason First Team the following year.
DiMarsico also received an invitation from the New York Giants to their local prospect day on April 7 after posting a 4.39 40-yard dash and a 35-inch vertical at Wagner's pro day on March 24.
Four former William Paterson University football student-athletes were caught on camera and became a national story in August of 2013. The story was shared of how the four were seen on a surveillance system leaving money to pay for their purchases at an unattended local store.
As it turned out, Buddy's was closed for the day, but for door's lock malfunctioned and the store's lights were on, leaving the impression that the store was open for business. The student-athletes' anonymous, honest acts were caught on the Wayne store's surveillance cameras, and the video quickly garnered wide-spread attention after first being broadcast on News 12 New Jersey.
In all, nearly 750 media outlets across the country picked up the story, including NBC's Today, ESPN.com's Rick Reilly, ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike, ESPN's SportsCenter, The Maury Show, USA Today,Yahoo!, CNN, The Star Ledger, News 12 New Jersey, NBC 4 New York, ABC 7 New York, CBS 2 New York, Fox 5 New York, The Record and WCBS