Mason graduate Josh Kline has become the school’s first alumni to play in the National Football League.
The 6-foot-3-inch, 295 pound offensive lineman was signed by the New England Patriots in May as a rookie free agent. He was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-player roster Saturday. Kline, who wears #67, now plays back-up guard, the club announced.
Kline, 23, was a two-time second-team all-conference pick while at Mason. He also won an Ohio State wrestling title for the Comets in 2008, finishing with a 45-1 record as a senior, said wrestling coach Craig Murnan.
“His footwork and hand fighting skills developed in the sport of wrestling have proven to give him a competitive edge on the football field,” said Murnan.
After graduating Mason in 2008, Kline went on to start for three years at Kent State, where he majored in history. He earned second-team All-MAC honors as a senior in 2012.
Kline is the son of Rick and Julie Kline, of Mason.