Loper Earns NFL Contract

      Athletic Defensive End/Outside Backer Gets a Pro Shot

      Kearney, Neb. – Former Nebraska-Kearney defensive end Elhadji Ndiaye has signed a free agent deal with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns.

      He becomes the ninth Loper, since 2000, to receive and NFL tryout or NFL free agent deal. Offensive linemen Stephen Goodin (N.Y. Giants) and defensive end Mason Brodine (St. Louis Rams) are currently on NFL rosters.

      The well-traveled Ndiaye was born in Senegal, went to high school in Brooklyn and came to UNK after a basketball career at Grossmont (Calif.) College. This past fall, he had 44 tackles, including a team-best six sacks for a loss of 53 yards. He also had six QB hurries and two forced fumbles.

      The 6-5, 255 lbs. Ndiaye’s athleticism caught the attention of scouts last season. He comes from an athletic family as his younger brother, Dame, currently is at Portland State after a stop at Arizona with cousin Ogemdi Nwagobo being a former NFL player.

      In February, Ndiaye was one of the few non-Division I players chosen for the 2nd Annual Collegiate All-Star game in South Carolina. Since late December, he has been working out in San Diego.

      Courtesy UNK Sports Information