Justin Pugh was selected by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft last night. If you want to watch the celebration, you can do so here. Pugh is the first offensive player to be taken in the first round since the 1999 draft, where some guy name Donovan McNabb was selected by the Eagles in the first round.
Pugh heads to New York to join a team that is already in great position to win right away. Giants coach (and Syracuse alumni) Tom Coughlin said that Pugh would probably be a tackle in the NFL, and praised his IQ in naming notable Syracuse alumni:
Coach Tom Coughlin, who played at Syracuse, measured Pugh’s worthiness in another way. At the N.F.L. combine earlier this year, Pugh was asked to name Syracuse’s most noteworthy alumnus.
“He didn’t say Jim Brown,” Coughlin said. “He said Coughlin. He passed the I.Q. test right away.”
Pugh was a class act in Syracuse, and it was always a joy to watch him play. He was a critical piece to the puzzle that turned Syracuse football around, and the program would not be in the shape it’s in without him. Our sincerest congratulations to Justin, and we wish him continued success in the NFL.