If you stayed up to watch the NFL’s annual preseason opener, the Hall of Fame Game, on Sunday, Aug. 3, you might have seen a familiar surname gracing the back of the #69 New York Giants jersey.
And if you watched a little bit longer, you may have seen a familiar result associated with that name as well.
Former Louisa County High School standout Kerry Wynn registered a sack in his NFL debut on Sunday night. The left defensive end for the Giants ended the game as the team’s leader in tackles for loss and was one of only three players on the team to register a sack. Wynn also finished third in tackles with three, as the Giants went on to defeat the Buffalo Bills 17-13.
Wynn was able to talley two quarters of playing time for the team, spending most of the game manning the left side of the line in the Giants’ imposing 4-3 defensive scheme.
“It felt really good being back on the field,” Wynn said after the game in an exclusive interview with The Central Virginian. “I actually was put in a little earlier than I thought I was going to be put in, but once I was told to go in, I was excited and anxious to get going!”
And get going he did. The 6-foot-5-inch, 265-pound Wynn easily took down Bills quarterback Thaddeus Lewis for a sack after beating Bills offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandijio – a former Alabama standout and projected starter for Buffalo – with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter for his first career NFL sack.
“I had a good feeling I was going to get some pressure on the quarterback when I was in,” Wynn said. “I beat the guy in front of me a few times, and I just knew I had to finish the play.”
After his sack, Wynn confided that he said a prayer and then made an “LC” gesture, paying homage to his hometown.
“It felt really good to make the play and throw up the ‘LC,’” Wynn said.
Wynn had another opportunity to join the highlight reel again with 1:50 left in the game during a scramble for a fumble. Wynn just missed recovering the loose ball for what would have been a likely scoop-and-score.
To read the entire story, see the Aug. 7 edition of The Central Virginian.