Birth Defect won’t hold Troy Fumagalli back from NFL Dream

Posted at 2:58 PM, Aug 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 16:58:10-04

ENGLEWOOD – Troy Fumagalli catches everything at Broncos Training Camp.

The rookie tight end from Wisconsin is making up for lost time, missing rookie and mandatory mini camp recovering from sports hernia surgery.

Standing 6’6″, 250 lbs he’s a steady blocker and a reliable pass catching option for new quarterback Case Keenum.

And he’s doing it with nine fingers.

“It’s just something that’s part of me,” Fumagalli said. “Something that I was born with and grew up with, and it’s just a part of my story.”

He is missing his left fore finger due to a birth defect. He’s drawn comparisons to current Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin who had his left hand amputated at the wrist when he was four, due to the same birth defect, but Fumagalli doesn’t see it the same.

“He’s playing without a hand out there, making all of these plays and doing so much. I don’t compare myself to that. I think that what he’s done is really incredible. Without a finger, it isn’t really that big of a deal.”