Tuesday, July 26, 2011 | 1:07 p.m.
Matt Murphy’s wait to join the professional football ranks is finally over.
The former UNLV offensive lineman signed a free agent contract Tuesday with the Atlanta Falcons on the first day undrafted free agents were able to negotiate with teams following the recently-settled labor dispute.
With the Falcons, he’ll join former Rebel teammate Joe Hawley, a fourth-round selection of Atlanta in 2010.
He’ll look to duplicate the path of Martin Tevaseu, a former UNLV defensive lineman who signed an undrafted free agent contract with the New York Jets last summer and was eventually promoted to their active roster.
Tevaseu, however, is the exception among former UNLV players.
Last year, former Rebel wide receivers Rodelin Anthony (Baltimore Ravens), Ryan Wolfe (Atlanta Falcons) and linebacker Jason Beauchamp (New Orleans Saints) were signed as undrafted free agents. However, all failed to make rosters.
In 2009, offensive lineman Johan Asiata signed with the Chicago Bears. Asiata, who has spent most of his career on the practice squad, appeared in two games in 2010.