A large segment of Lockport will be rooting for the Arizona Cardinals.
Florida Atlantic tight end Robert Housler, who has strong ties to Lockport, was drafted in the third round by the Cardinals Friday night.
"This is something I worked really hard at, and I'm really blessed to be in this situation," Housler said from his home in Converse, Texas. "I'm real thankful to the Arizona Cardinals for giving me this opportunity, and I'm going to try and take advantage of it."
Housler's father, Robert Sr., grew up in Lockport and was a three-sport star at Starpoint High School. His grandparents and two aunts still live in Lockport.
Housler's godfather is Sean Kugler, a former Lockport football standout who coached the Buffalo Bills' offensive line before taking the same job with the Pittsburgh Steelers last season. Kugler and Robert Sr. played college football together at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Housler was drafted a little higher than he was projected by some teams. But after meeting with him at the NFL Scouting Combine and bringing him to Arizona for a private workout, the Cardinals felt his talent was too good to pass up.
The 6-foot-5, 248-pounder has tremendous speed and reliable hands. He caught 39 passes for 629 yards and four touchdowns last season and posted an impressive career average of 15.7 yards per catch.
Some scouting services compared Housler to Aaron Hernandez, who enjoyed a stellar rookie year in New England last year.
Lockout back on
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A federal appeals court threw the NFL back into chaos late Friday, putting a judge's order lifting the lockout on hold.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis granted the league's request for a temporary stay of the injunction issued Monday that ended the 45-day lockout. Now arguments will be heard on whether that order should be overturned altogether.