Tony Moeaki, Coby Fleener give local flavor to start of NFL season
Glen Ellyn, IL
A couple of local products suited up this past weekend at tight end for AFC teams. Tony Moeaki began his third year as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs while Coby Fleener started off his NFL career as an Indianapolis Colt.
Both have solid games and are expected to have an impact on their respective offenses throughout the fall.
This Wheaton Warrenville South graduate made his return to the field for the Kansas City Chiefs after missing the entire 2011-12 season due to a torn ACL.
Moeaki burst onto the pro scene with an impressive rookie year, catching 47 passes for 556 yards and three touchdowns in 2010 after being drafted in the third round.
"Tony was a pure natural athlete," said Wheaton North football coach Joe Wardynski, who coached Moeaki in both football and basketball at Wheaton South. "He was big, strong, fast and extremely coordinated. We always talked about how he could have played any position, on either side of the ball, in football and still been the best player. In basketball he could handle the ball like a point guard and post up like a center. It really wasn't a surprise that Tony has made it as far as he has in his athletic career."
"I am very happy to see Tony is back from his knee surgery," said Wheaton Warrneville South Ron Muhitch, "and ready to play for Kansas City. He had such a great rookie year in the NFL, that I am sure he will make an impact for the Chiefs at TE with his blocking and catching talent. Kansas City has three guys recovering from ACL knee surgery that will require them to regain their confidence as players and Tony is one of them. I have already talked to him and wished him well on his return to action in 2012."
OPENING GAME Moeaki caught three passes for 37 yards in a 40-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Fleener returned home this weekend as a member of the Indianapolis Colts after being with the 34th-pick in this year’s draft. The Lemont native and Joliet Catholic graduate was reunited with quarterback Andrew Luck after both played together at Stanford University.
The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder finished his college career with 96 receptions for 1,543 yards and 18 touchdowns, the latter of which puts him first on the all-time list at Stanford among tight ends.
COACH TALK “He pretty much destroyed us. We couldn’t stop him. He was bigger than anyone we had on the field,” former Benet head coach Gary Goforth said. “He was a tall kid, and when he started catching passes (for Joliet Catholic) it just made him more dangerous. I’ll be rooting for the Bears, but it’ll be fun to watch Fleener play. He’s talented.”
OPENING GAME Fleener hauled in six catches for 82 yards in a 41-21 loss to the Chicago Bears.