Underwood was one of many stars out at New Brunswick (N.J.) High for a charity basketball game, and remains active as he works his way through an NFL offseason.
“It’s a great event, and it’s something we did at Rutgers – giving back,” Underwood said. “I’m happy to come by for the kids, and also my good friend Antonio Lowery. Anything he and my other good friends are a part of, I’m trying to be there for them.”
Underwood and Lowery both played under Greg Schiano, who stressed community service while at Rutgers.
“It’s all love at Rutgers,” Underwood said. “It’s real. Being alumni of that school, we really band together. We’re around to support each other.”
Underwood remains a free agent after he played for the Carolina Panthers early last season, and recently interviewed for the vacated head coaching position at his former high school – Lawrenceville (N.J.) Notre Dame.
“I would say coaching is important to me because I remember every great coach that I’ve had,” Underwood said. “They make a real connection in your life. You remember those coaches, so I want to be that guy for kids coming up. I want to be a good example for them coming up.”
The 6-foot-1 former Rutgers captain, best remembered for stellar showings against Buffalo and South Florida, has 1,006 yards and six touchdowns to his name at the professional level. After time with the Panthers, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars, Underwood is not ready to hang up the pads.
“Coaching is something I want to do, but I’m not done playing,” Underwood said. “I’m waiting to hear something from the NFL, keep working out. If not, you may see me go over the border. We’ll see how it works out.”
Underwood finished his Rutgers career in style with 51 yards and a touchdown in the 2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl win over N.C. State and Russell Wilson. Since then, Underwood enjoys Rutgers games, and the Big Ten, from a fan’s perspective.
“It’s different, man,” Underwood said. “They’re playing teams and going to places that, unfortunately, I didn’t when I was there. But it’s great for the school. It’s great for those guys to get the notoriety of being in a bigger conference. It’s great to see our guys out there playing Michigan, Ohio State, everyone.”
When Underwood moves on from his football career, media is another option after a 2014 internship with Comcast SportsNet Washington and the Washington Wizards.
“I loved it,” Underwood said. “That whole organization and everybody around it, I learned a lot. They have a great team with a lot of young talent, and it was just a blessing to get that experience.”