Hollidaysburg grad highest-paid long snapper
From Mirror reports
Hollidaysburg’s Luke Rhodes has become the NFL’s highest-paid long snapper.
The Indianapolis Colts extended a four-year contract to Rhodes on Tuesday, locking him up through the 2023 season.
The team didn’t disclose terms of the deal, but the NFL Network reported it to be worth $4.25 million with $1.25 million guaranteed.
Rhodes, 26, originally signed with the Colts in October 2016 as a linebacker trying to make his mark on special teams.
In 2017, he was asked to try long snapping, and he’s held the position since.
Rhodes was an undrafted free agent linebacker out of William & Mary who spent the 2016 preseason with Tampa Bay before landing with the Colts.
He made four special teams tackles last season and has combined with veteran placekicker Adam Vinatieri and punter Rigoberto Sanchez to form one of the top special teams trios in the NFL.
Rhodes is a 2011 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area High School, where he was a standout linebacker and served as the Tigers’ long snapper.
The Colts, under second-year head coach Frank Reich, are coming off a 2018 season in which they finished 10-6, good for second in the AFC South behind the Houston Texans. However, the Colts went to Houston and won the wild card game, 21-7, before losing to the Chiefs, 31-13, in the divisional round.