Marcus Easley, former Connecticut Post all-star, walk-on-turned star receiver at UConn and fourth-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2010, was inducted into the Bunnell Athletics Hall of Fame Friday night.
Easley was honored during the 21st Annual Bunnell High School Athletics Hall of Fame & Senior Athlete Recognition Banquet. Former coach Craig Bruno was his presenter.
“It’s a real distinguished group of athletes,” Easley told the Buffalo Bills’ official blog. “To be recognized, to leave a legacy, and to know that people can read about me 50, even 60 years down the line means everything to me.”
The Buffalo Bills and former UConn coach Randy Edsall both sent letters congratulating Easley on the accomplishment, Bruno said.
“It was an honor that he chose me to induct him into the Hall of Fame,” said Bruno, now the head coach at Naugatuck. “It was a great night and couldn’t happen to a more deserving kid.”
As a receiver and linebacker, Easley led Bunnell to its first state playoff appearance in 2004 and was an Connecticut Post all-star pick at linebacker.
He walked on at UConn and played sparingly for years until his breakout senior season, during which he caught 48 passes for 893 yards and eight touchdowns.
Easley’s time with the Bill has been limited, as well. He spent his first two seasons on injured reserve. He was cut, but re-signed by the Bills last season and saw time in three games.