Sunday marked the homecoming for Uniondale native Andrew Quarless. The Green Bay Packers tight end suited up at the new Meadowlands as the Packers played the New York Jets.
Quarless, who played at Holy Trinity in Hicksville until his sophomore year, graduated from Uniondale High School and played college football at Penn State.
He might be known best as the player that was pushed into Joe Paterno’s left in a game against Wisconsin, keeping the legend sidelined for some time with the break. He also caught the game-winning ball in the 2010 East-West Shrine Game and was later drafted by the Packers in the fifth round.
Quarless currently holds the Penn State records for career receptions by a tight end (87) and single season (41 in 2009). He is second in career receiving yards (1,146) and is the first Nittany Lion tight end to be drafted by the Packers.
During Sunday’s game against the Jets, he did not catch any passes.
According to ESPN Fantasy Sports, “He’s now the Packers’ de facto pass catching tight end, but his talent pales in comparison to that of the man he replaced, Jermichael Finley. There might be a game or two he matters, but don’t bet your team’s future on it.”