Update on NFL players with State of Washington ties

David DeCastro, Pittsburgh Steelers, NFL. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams, NFL. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

The State of Washington has sent many players to the NFL over the years. Here is the November update on some home state heroes.

The State of Washington has a long history of producing quality players and sending them to the pros. Emerald City Swagger is more than Seattle sports, we will check in on the progress of former State of Washington players at the highest level of professional football. Every third week of the month, we will update you on home state players in the NFL.

Matt Overton, long snapper, Jacksonville Jaguars

The former Western Washington Vikings player hails from Tracy, CA. At WWU, he started two years as a defensive end along with his duties as the long snapper. Recently Overton re-signed with Jacksonville after long snapper Carson Tinker was placed on the injured reserve list. Overton has played in the Jags last four games.

Johnny Hekker, punter, Los Angeles Rams

Hekker played at Bothell High School where he was the starting quarterback his senior year as well as serving as the Cougars punter. In his last four games, he has punted 14 times for an average of 45.0 yards, which is also his career average.

Hekker punted once in the Rams only loss of the season against New Orleans and in his last game, against his hometown Seattle Seahawks, he punted twice, however, the Rams did beat the Seahawks at home 36-31 to take the season series.

Myles Jack, linebacker, Jacksonville Jaguars

Myles Jack played at Bellevue High School where he was a running back and linebacker. The Jaguars haven’t done well lately losing five straight games, their last win coming on Sept. 30. During the Jags downturn, Jack has made 26 tackles.