NASHVILLE --- Former Tennessee State cornerbacks Scott Cunningham and Deon Giddens have become the first players from the Tigers to sign free agent contracts with the National Football League following the conclusion of this weekend's collegiate draft.
Cunningham will not have to travel very far as he has inked a deal with the Tennessee Titans. Giddens, a Nashville native, has signed with the Buffalo Bills. Both players signed Sunday after the final round of the draft.
"This is a great opportunity for both of these young men," said TSU head coach James Reese. "They are both in a good situation where hopefully they can earn a spot on the team."
Cunningham, a native of Orlando, Fla., capped off his Tiger career by earning first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors for the second straight year. He was fourth on the team his senior season in tackles and finished his career with seven career interceptions. He led the OVC in pass breakups his junior year with 19.
Giddens played high school football at Glencliff before enrolling at TSU. He led the Tigers in interceptions each of the past two seasons and finished his career with 11 pickoffs. He led the Tigers in tackles with 82 his junior season. He was a second-team All-OVC selection in 2003 after earning first team All-OVC the previous season.