Brian Lewerke finally gets chance to prove himself with Michigan Panthers

Dec 27, 2019; Bronx, New York, USA; Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke (14) throws a pass
Dec 27, 2019; Bronx, New York, USA; Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke (14) throws a pass / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Lewerke is a name that you probably haven't heard in quite some time. The star Michigan State quarterback played at MSU from 2015-2019 during the end of the Mark Dantonio era, throwing for nearly 8,300 yards and 47 touchdowns throughout his career.

His professional career however has unfortunately never taken off. Lewerke went undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft but was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the New England Patriots. Lewerke was unfortunately waived from the team and did not make the final roster.

He then had a short stint with the Alphas of The Spring League in 2021 before he got picked up by the New York Giants in the fall of 2021. He became a member of the team's practice squad and was called up for the final regular season game, one that he did not play in. Lewerke once again was waived by the Giants then had a short stint with the Seattle Sea Dragons in the XFL before finding his current home with the Michigan Panthers in the USFL.

Fast forward to this weekend, and Lewerke will be making his first professional start since playing with the Alphas in 2021.

Leweke's first start with the Panthers is slotted for Sunday, May 12, against the D.C. Defenders. Unfortunately, the game is on the road or else MSU fans could have traveled to Ford Field in Detroit where the Panthers play their home games to watch Lewerke play in person.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN at noon however, so we will still get a chance to watch Lewerke play in what is a huge opportunity for him. Sure this is only the USFL, but if Lewerke can go on a run and play extremely well there is a chance an NFL team could take another chance on him.

Regardless, I know I'll be watching and cheering him on, and if he remains the starter for next week he'll get to play in front of a pro-Michigan State crowd at Ford Field on Saturday, May 18.