NFL prospect keeps eye on homeland

UMass lineman from Haiti living a dream -- but knows about nightmares

Updated: January 25, 2010, 12:40 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

AMHERST, Mass. -- The first time Vladimir Ducasse watched a professional football game was five years ago when the New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.

He had never dreamed of playing in the NFL because, growing up in Haiti, he didn't know what it was.

Now he does, and the NFL is certainly aware of him.

Ducasse is a hot-prospect offensive lineman from the University of Massachusetts who will participate in the Senior Bowl later this month, ...

Read full story


You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?


  • Patriots Power Play
    Akiem Hicks' size -- 6-foot-5 and 324 pounds -- and power give the Pats a force between the tackles, but his success depends on how he adjusts to the system.