Tomlinson to play for the New York Giants

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

Dalvin Tomlinson is headed to the Big Apple.

The former Henry County High School star was selected by the New York Giants in the second round of last week’s NFL draft, the 55th overall selection. He was the seventh player from the Alabama Crimson Tide taken in the first two rounds.

Dalvin Tomlinson. Special photo

After a spectacular high school career, in which he was All-State in football and a three-time state wrestling champion, Tomlinson spent four years playing with the Crimson Tide and saw action three straight years in the College Football Playoff and made two appearances in the National Championship game.

A redshirt in 2012, Tomlinson played one game in 2013 before a knee injury ended his season. In 2014 he was part of the regular rotation on defense and in 2015 was the first defensive lineman off the bench in every game. The fact that 2016 was his only year as a full-time starter is a testament to the Tide’s depth at virtually every position.

He was interviewed by the Times in January in Tampa just before the National Championship game. When asked about the possibility of playing in the NFL, he said, “It’s a dream of mine.”

Aside from playing in the most intense media market in the world, he is joining a legitimate contender. The Giants finished 11-5 last season and made the playoffs for the first time in five years.

Tomlinson’s first exposure as a pro in a meaningful game will come Sept. 10, a prime-time Sunday night matchup on the road against the Dallas Cowboys.