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Former Grand Rapids Community College Football Player Makes NFL Debut

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Grand Rapids Community College’s football program was discontinued in January of 2012, but before it ended, it had three former players who have a played in the NFL.  One of these athletes, Nick Truesdell, made his NFL debut on Sunday night with the Minnesota Vikings.

Trusedell only played a single game with GRCC’s football program due to an ACL injury, but that still makes him the only active NFL player with “Grand Rapids CC” in their NFL bio.

Screenshot from Vikings.com
Screenshot from Vikings.com

Nick Truesdell started college in 2008, playing for the University of Cincinnati, but was released from the team after 6 games.  He didn’t play college ball again until 2011, during GRCC’s final season as a program but injured himself in the only game he played in.

Truesdell then played professionally in the IFL, AFL, and after Sunday night, the NFL.

Truesdell’s story is quite unique, as is his speed in relation to his size.  He has received a lot of attention in the last 2 years from several NFL teams due to the fact that he is 6’6″, 250+lbs, and can run the 40 in 4.6 seconds.

Two other GRCC players, Bob Lurtsema and Carl Powell, played in the NFL.  Lurtsema played from 1967-1977 for the Giants, Vikings, and Seahawks.  Powell played from 1997-2005 for the Colts, Ravens, Bears, Redskins, and Browns.  Another famous GRCC alum is Dave Rozema, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers during their 1984 World Series winning season.

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