NASHVILLE --- Former Tennessee State tight end Steve Farmer has signed a free-agent National Football League contract with the Minnesota Vikings.
?Steve was contacted during the draft and agreed to the contract shortly after the completion of Sunday's final round,? said TSU head coach James Reese. ?This is a very good opportunity for him.?
Farmer, 6-4, 255 pounds, completed a two-year career with the Tigers last fall. He was a first team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection as a junior and a second team choice last fall. Farmer caught 15 passes last season for 191 yards after making 24 catches for 344 yards and four TD's as a junior.
A native of Michigan City, Ind., Farmer attended Joliet Junior College for two years before coming to TSU. He was an All-America prep basketball high school player in his hometown.
TSU currently has eight other former players who are on NFL rosters. The Tigers currently in the league are Bennie Anderson and Lawrence Smith, both with the Baltimore Ravens. Anthony Pleasant with the New England Patriots, Liguaris Jennings with the Cincinnati Bengals, Eric Joyce with Chicago Bears, Avion Black with the Houston Texans, Brent Alexander with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Michael Thompson with the Seattle Seahawks.