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April 30, 2011

Yale's Bannon Selected in the Seventh Round of the 2011 NFL Draft

NEW YORK -- With the 20th pick in the seventh round of the 2011 National Football League Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Yale fullback Shane Bannon.

Bannon was the 223rd overall pick in the NFL's 76th annual selection meeting and was the Chiefs' ninth and last pick on day three of the three-day event.

The Southbury, Conn. native, became the 229th Ivy League player drafted all-time. Bannon's selection marked the second-straight year an Ivy Leaguer was drafted in the NFL as Brown's David Howard was 34th pick in the seventh round, 241st overall selection, by the Tennessee Titans in the 2010 Draft. Bannon is the first Yale player drafted since Nate Lawrie was a seventh-round, 181st overal choice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2004 Draft.

During his senior season at Yale, Bannon started every game and caught a career-high 13 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. For his collegiate career, he played in 28 games with two rushes, one for a touchdown, and 16 receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns.

Described by several media outlets as a "combination" player who can play tight end, H-back or fullback, Bannon goes to the Chiefs, the same team his former Bulldog teammate, Bobby Abare, did following the 2009 NFL Draft. Abare was signed by Kansas City as an undrafted free agent but ultimately did not make the team's 52-man roster.