Nate Bloom published this piece back in September on InterfaithFamily.com about Jewish celebrities in which he writes about Jews in the NFL, including one that has slipped under my radar — Brian De La Puente, a 26-year-old guard-turned-center with the New Orleans Saints. According to the story, he is the son of a Jewish mother and non-Jewish father.
De La Puente has started seven of the 11 Saints games this year. He had been signed by several teams and released since 2008 (he did not attend college).
UPDATE: Just received an email from Bob Wexler informing me that “[Jewish Sports Review] announced in its latest issue that the mother of Brian de la Puente is only half Jewish, and therefore he will no longer be included in their NFL coverage.”
That leads to a couple of questions: One is how much Jewish blood does a person need to be “counted?” And has anyone ever queried De La Puente as to how he feels about the situation?