A former Indiana State tight end was a part of a ridiculous highlight play Thursday night as the Green Bay Packers took on the Seattle Seahawks.
The first year Tonyan experienced playing time in a hostile Seattle environment due to Jimmy Graham‘s thumb injury that kept him out for most of the game. His first, and only catch of his NFL career came from an unreal, un-human throw by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Tonyan used his 6’5 frame to box out Seattle safety Bradley McDougald and made the huge catch for Green Bay. Check it out:
Aaron Rodgers said after the game he originally thought he was throwing to Graham, but realized it was “Bobby” Tonyan only after he caught the pass that traveled over 65 yards in the air. Had Rodgers knew it was Tonyan downfield, I doubt he would have thrown that ball.
Tonyan was not drafted in 2017, and signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent. He made the Packers roster in the off season for his special teams efforts and figured he would never really see the field on offense.
Robert Tonyan was originally a quarterback, turned wide receiver, turned tight end for Indiana State. In 2015, for the Sycamores, Tonyan received All-MVFC Honorable Mention honors after a 40 reception, 601 yard and 6 touchdown season.
Possibly the Indiana State alum will receive more offensive opportunities as he showed he can make big plays in big games.