The NFL playoffs begin this weekend. Three of the four wild card games played on Saturday and Sunday will feature players and coaches from Montgomery County.
Here’s the list:
- Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings wide receiver): Played at Good Counsel High School and was Washington Post All-Met Defensive Player of the Year as a cornerback in 2011.
- Kendall Fuller (Kansas City Chiefs defensive back): Played at Good Counsel and was Washington Post Offensive Player of the Year as a wide receiver in 2012.
- Dorian O’Daniel (Kansas City Chiefs linebacker): Played at Good Counsel and was Washington Post All-Met 1st team in 2012.
- Brian Fleury (San Francisco 49ers defensive quality control assistant): Played quarterback at Seneca Valley High School in 1997, winning the Maryland 4A State Championship and named to Washington Post All-Met 1st Team.
- Johnson Bademosi (New Orleans Saints cornerback): Currently on the reserve/injured list. He played at Gonzaga High School in D.C. but also attended Argyle Middle School and Bel Pre Elementary in Silver Spring.
- Arthur Smith (Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator): Played football at Georgetown Prep High School in North Bethesda where he was the 2000 Washington Post All-Met 1st Team offensive lineman, blocking for Marcus Mason, who became Maryland’s all-time leading rusher at the time (now 4th all-time) and future Washington Redskin.
Three other Montgomery County alums are in the NFL with teams that did not qualify for the playoffs: Redskins’ quarterback Dwayne Haskins (Bullis), Arizona Cardinals nose tackle Zach Kerr (Quince Orchard), and New York Jets cornerback Blake Countess (Good Counsel).
Wayne Nichols contributed to this story.