There’s some news from a few for Oregon State NFL pros, and one Beaver team is fighting for their postseason life. Here’s what you need to know.
After 10 years in the NFL, former Beaver O-lineman Andy Levitre is hanging up his cleats. Levitre, who was an All American tackle at Oregon State, started his pro career as a guard for Buffalo, where he was named to the 2008 All Rookie team. After a short stint in Tennessee, he was traded to Atlanta, where he spent the final years of his career. That included a trip to the Super Bowl following the 2016 season, where the Falcons fell to the Patriots in Overtime.
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It all started as a big kid growing up in the mountains of Santa Cruz. I had a fire in my belly and a burning desire to be the best football player I could be. I was never the the most talented athlete on the field so I made the conscious choice to outwork everyone else. Coming from a high school that wasn’t highly recruited I spent many nights piecing together my own VHS tapes to send off in hopes of being recruited. Some of my fondest memories are of my grandfather driving me around the country to meet with some different colleges. Although I may not have been able to reach all of my goals as an athlete, I can end this chapter of my life knowing I gave the game of football everything I had. I have memories that will last me a life time. I met my wife while I was playing in Buffalo. I fell in love with the city of Nashville while playing for the Titans. I also had to rush out after my first playoff game with the Falcons to attend the birth of my first child. Unfortunately, due to injury my body won’t allow me to continue any longer. Thank you to my wife and children, my family, friends, coaches, teammates and all of the fans who have supported me on this journey. I am looking forward to shifting my time & energy to focus more on family, friends, restoring my health & pursuing other passions of mine. I hope you all have enjoyed my career as much as I have.
Injuries eventually wore Levitre down. He missed 3 games in 2017 with a triceps injury, and then only played 2 games in 2018 after tearing his triceps. Unfortunately it seems like that was his last appearance on a football field, as his injuries were just too much to get back into football shape.
There’s still a few Beavers in the NFL, and one of them has found a new team. Mike Remmers, who’s played nearly every position on the offensive line, for six different teams, has signed with the New York Giants after being released by Minnesota earlier this year. Remmers was a walk on at Oregon State, and played from 2007-2011, where he quickly became a starter and was an All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Remmers then went undrafted, but was signed by the Broncos as an UDFA. He then went to the Buccaneers practice squad, before eventually making his NFL debut with the San Diego Chargers. Remmers eventually worked his way into a starting role with the Carolina Panthers a couple of seasons later, and was a lynch pin of their offensive line in their run to Super Bowl 50, where they eventually lost to the Broncos.
Most recently, Remmers started all 16 games for the Vikings, but was released in March after getting back surgery. He’ll get a chance to prove to the Giants that he can still be a solid contributor on the field.
Oregon State Men’s Golf is currently competing in Myrtle Beach Regional of the NCAA Tournament. With Day 2 done, they are currently tied for 10th with a 14 over. The Beavers will need to make up some ground to get into the top 5 and advance. Sean Kato recorded the best score for the Beavers on day 2, with a 1 under 71, while Kyosuke Hara leads the team overall, with a 2 over 146.
The current top 5 at Myrtle Beach are Ohio State, Wake Forest, Illinois, UNLV and California. Day 3, the final day of the Regional, will get started at 7:30 local time and 4:30 Pacific time, so get up early if you want to follow the action on twitter.
Unfortunately Oregon State’s softball team did not qualify for the postseason, but they did give us the No. 1 play on Sports Center’s Top-10.
The Beavers were a pretty big snub for the NCAA tournament, but a huge thank you to all the seniors for a special 4-years.
That’s all for today, check back later for more Beaver news.