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Former Bengals to follow in the NFL

Sep 07, 2021 02:43PM ● By Jerry Christensen

By Jerry Christensen | [email protected]

At the time of this writing there are four former Brighton Bengals active in the NFL.

Simi Fehoko, a 6-foot-4, 222-pound receiver who played D1 football at Stanford suits up in the blue and white of the Dallas Cowboys. Football analyst Steve Muench scouted Fehoko for the 2021 NFL draft. “Fehoko is a big target with very good timed speed for his size. He tracks the ball well and he makes over-the-shoulder catches. He flashes the ability to make contested catches,” Muench said.

Isaiah Kaufusi, a 6-foot-2, 221-pound linebacker earned his opportunity to make it to the NFL this year by signing with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent. Kaufusi racked up 83 total tackles, 46 solo tackles, one pass breakup, four sacks, three forced fumbles, one interception and even scored a touchdown his senior year at BYU.

Cody Barton, a 6-foot-2, 237-pound linebacker is in his third year with the Seattle Seahawks. He was a stand-out athlete at the University of Utah and was drafted 88th overall in the 2019 NFL draft. He spent the majority of his rookie season on Seattle's special teams and became a starting linebacker in the 2020 season.

Jackson Barton, a 6-foot-7, 302-pound offensive lineman played together with his brother Cody at the University of Utah under coach Kyle Whittingham. He is under contract with the NY Giants since 2020 but owns a Super Bowl ring from his rookie season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Brighton Principal Tom Sherwood noted that “in addition to these NFL athletes showcasing Brighton and our community in the NFL, Brighton alumnus Alex Whittingham is an assistant coach with the Kansas City Chiefs. Brighton is well represented.”

The accomplishments of these athletes and their Brighton cohorts are on full display in the Brighton Athletic Hall of Fame at the new Brighton athletic building.