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Former College of William & Mary standout linebacker Luke Rhodes has signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rhodes becomes the second former Tribe player to join an NFL roster today, as free safety DeAndre Houston-Carson was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round.
The duo joins a group of six former Tribe standouts who are currently on NFL rosters: Jerome Couplin III (Philadelphia Eagles), Jonathan Grimes (Houston Texans), Sean Lissemore (San Diego Chargers), Tre McBride (Tennessee Titans), Mike Reilly (Arizona Cardinals) and B.W. Webb (Tennessee Titans).
One of the nation’s elite linebackers during the past few seasons, Rhodes is a three-time first-team All-CAA selection was the lone Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) player selected to the 2015 Butkus Award Watch List.
In addition to earning 45 career starts, Rhodes finished his collegiate career with 341 tackles, which ranks fifth on W&M’s all-time list. Additionally, he is one of just 11 Tribe players to be named a two-time team captain in the program’s 122-year history.
In addition to excelling against FCS competition, Rhodes performed extremely well versus Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents during his career and has averaged 8.5 tackles per game with 2.5 TFL and a forced fumble in contests against Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Maryland.
Following his outstanding collegiate career with W&M, Rhodes was invited to play in the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.