Brandon Pili makes Miami Dolphins roster

Published: Aug. 31, 2023 at 5:55 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - News for Alaska from the football world; Anchorage’s Brandon Pili will be the first Alaskan in the NFL in nearly a decade.

As the final roster cuts are being made and finalized around the league, Brandon Pili has officially earned his roster spot to play defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins.

The 24-year old will be the first Alaskan to play in the NFL since North Pole’s Darryn Colledge in 2014.

Pili grew up in Anchorage and was a three sport all conference student athlete at Dimond High School before eventually playing at the University of Southern California. The 6-foot-3, 345-pound defensive lineman went undrafted, but through training camp and preseason, proved himself and made the team.

The Dolphins kick off their season against the Los Angles Chargers, September 10th. You can catch the game Sunday at 12:25 p.m. on KXDF channel 13.