When the NFL’s four divisional playoff games are contested this weekend, there will be a total of 10 players with Idaho ties representing five NFL teams.
Eight of those players are Boise State alums, one played for Blackfoot High and then Idaho State, and another won a state championship at Highland High in Pocatello.
Dallas rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, a Salmon River High graduate, is one of five former Boise State players on the Cowboys’ roster. In his NFL playoff debut, Vander Esch led Dallas with 10 tackles in a 24-22 wild-card win over Seattle.
From the moment he was drafted in April, Vander Esch was outspoken about his professional goals.
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“There’s a lot to live up to, and I’m gonna do just that and more,” Vander Esch told the NFL Network after he was drafted. “Like I said, we’ve got Super Bowls to win, a lot of them.”
The fourth-seeded Cowboys take on the No. 2 L.A. Rams at 6:15 p.m. MT on Saturday (Fox).
PLAYERS WITH IDAHO TIES IN THE NFL PLAYOFFS
RB Jay Ajayi (Boise State), No. 26 Philadelphia Eagles (injured reserve)
DL Tyrone Crawford (Boise State), No. 98 Dallas Cowboys
CB Donte Deayon (Boise State), No. 38 Los Angeles Rams (practice squad)
TE Josh Hill (Blackfoot High, Idaho State), No. 89 New Orleans Saints
QB Taysom Hill (Highland High), No. 7 New Orleans Saints
DE DeMarcus Lawrence (Boise State), No. 90 Dallas Cowboys
DB Orlando Scandrick (Boise State), No. 22 Kansas City Chiefs
S Darian Thompson (Boise State), No. 20 Dallas Cowboys
LB Leighton Vander Esch (Salmon River High, Boise State), No. 55 Dallas Cowboys
WR Cedrick Wilson (Boise State), No. 16 Dallas Cowboys (injured reserve)
NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
AFC: No. 6 Indianapolis (11-6) at No. 1 Kansas City (12-4), 2:35 p.m. (NBC)
NFC: No. 4 Dallas (11-6) at No. 2 L.A. Rams (13-3), 6:15 p.m. (Fox)
AFC: No. 5 L.A. Chargers (13-4) at No. 2 New England (11-5), 11:05 a.m. (CBS)
NFC: No. 6 Philadelphia (10-7) at No. 1 New Orleans (13-3), 2:40 p.m. (Fox)