Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Alumni Update

A look at former Notre Dame players now in the NFL

Major credit for this goes to, the official site of the NFL Player's Association. There, you can view stats, bios, interviews, video clips, and even email the players. Speaking of interviews, here are some of the highlights:
  • John Carney's favorite movie is Valley Girl.

  • Marc Edwards was the lead in his high school musical.

  • Paul Grasmanis was a honors student at ND and listens to Run DMC before games.

  • Growing up, Julius Jones admired Bo Jackson.

  • Rick Mirer enjoys spending time on the Internet and hopes to learn how to surf well.

  • Mike Rosenthal would title his autobiography The Biggest Jewish Dude You've Ever Seen.

  • Allen Rossum's dream is to win the NBA dunk contest.

Arnaz Battle: In his third year with the 49ers, Battle has been promoted to San Francisco's #1 receiver. Battle has caught 15 passes for 2 TDs, run the ball three times for -2 yards, and completed 1 of 2 passes before knee strain sidelined him last week.

Bertrand Berry: Arizona's Pro Bowl defensive end has recorded 14 tackles and 4.5 so far this season.

Jerome Bettis: Bettis hasn't played yet this season, but he should be healthy enough for short yardage situations next Sunday. Duce Staley is healthy as well, so that may limit the Bus' carries in his 12th and final(?) season.

Jordan Black: Black is now a full-time starter at tackle in his third season with Kansas City.

Rocky Boiman: After seeing some starts at linebacker for the Titans in 2004 due to injuries, Boiman has settled back into his reserve role this season. In four games, he has 8 total tackles.

Tim Brown: Recently retired after a 16-year NFL career, Brown is now focusing on his position as a special assistant at Notre Dame and making a name for himself in NASCAR.

John Carney: Now in his 16th season, Carney has already made 9 of 11 field goals for the Saints. That of course includes the emotional week 1 gamewinner.

Deke Cooper: Cooper is now in his third season in the NFL. An injury has made him a starting safety for the Jaguars. In three games, he has 14 tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery.

Brennan Curtin: Curtin would be going into his third season with the Packers, had he not been released in August.

Glenn Earl: A sometimes-starter for Houston in 2004, Earl has had his playing time greatly reduced in 2005. In only two games, Glenn Earl has recorded only one tackle.

Marc Edwards: In his 8th season in the league, Edwards was picked up by the Bears to be their starting fullback. Edwards has yet to carry the ball, but he does have 4 receptions for 14 yards.

Jeff Faine: Cleveland's first round draft pick in 2003 is now in his third season with the team. Despite criticism from his former offensive line coach, he has started every game he's been healthy for. Faine added a reception for -1 yard on a ball that bounced of a ref's head. (Technically an illegal touch, bu the penalty was declined.)

Mike Gandy: After being released by the Bears, Gandy signed with Buffalo, where he is now a starting lineman for offensive coordinator Tom Clements. Gandy is in his fifth season in the league.

David Givens: In his fourth season with the Patriots, Givens is becoming more and more of a go-to guy (in addition to being a clutch playoff performer). In four games, including three starts, he has caught 22 balls for 283 yards.

Joey Goodspeed: A year after he started at fullback in front of Marshall Faulk, Goodspeed was cut by St. Louis on the final roster cutdown day.

Paul Grasmanis: Grasmanis, now in his 10th year in the league, has suffered an Achilles' tear in each of his last three years with the Eagles. Grasmanis had one tackle in two games before going down last weekend.

Deveron Harper: Harper apparently last played for the Saints in 2004.

Craig Hentrich: Hentrich is in his 11th season, now with the Titans. He's averaging 43.3 yards per punt this year. Notre Dame's last full-time kicker/punter before Nick Setta, Hentrich has hit 11 for 18 field goals in his NFL career.

Grant Irons: Irons went into his fourth season as a starting outside linebacker in Oakland's 3-4. He had one tackle in that game. He hasn't started since, and he also hasn't recorded a tackle since that first game.

Jim Jones: Jones has spent his entire five year career on practice squads or in NFL Europe. This year, he's in his second year on the Steelers' practice squad.

Julius Jones: Julius burst onto the scene in 2004, picking up 819 rushing yards in eight games. In four starts this season, he has picked up 335 rushing yards and 82 receiving yards. At his current pace, he will gain 1340 yards on the ground this season.

Lance Legree: Legree is in his fifth season in the NFL, now with the Jets after four years with the Giants. In four games as a reserve defensive end, he has 6 tackles.

Sean Mahan: In his third season with Tampa Bay, Mahan has become a starting guard for the Buccaneers.

Rick Mirer: Mirer spent the 2004 season, his ninth in the league, on Detroit's practice squad. He was last seen hanging out at Corby's with his parents and a lady friend.

John Owens: In what would have been his fourth year in the league, Owens was traded from Miami to the Bears, never to be seen again. Mike, and leads?

Luke Petitgout: Ellen loves him. According to Klondike, "He really likes football for some reason." Luke is a starting tackle now in his sixth year with the Giants.

Mike Rosenthal: Also in his sixth year in the league, Rosenthal is a starting tackle for the Vikings.

Allen Rossum: Rossum is in his eighth season in the league, and his fourth with the Falcons. Listed at cornerback, his is primarily a return specialist. This year, Rossum has returned 5 punts for 14 yards, 3 kickoffs for 89 yards, and made two tackles.

Gerome Sapp: Sapp is now in his third season in the NFL. A reserve DB for the Colts, he has recorded 8 tackles in four games.

Hunter Smith: "Hunter the Punter" is in his 7th season as Indianapolis' punter. This season, he has averaged 43.6 yards on 19 punts.

Bobby Taylor: Taylor was released after spending the 2004 season, his 9th in the NFL, with the Seahawks. He reportedly has worked out for the Patriots at some point this season.

Justin Tuck: Quite possibly Michael Strahan's heir apparent, Tuck has made 10 tackles in his first four games as a Giant.

Kurt Vollers: After three seasons as a backup lineman for Dallas, Vollers was released on roster cutdown day September 3. Coach Bill Parcells said of Vollers, "I didn't think I wanted Vollers as a backup anymore. I think he served his time doing that."

Courtney Watson: Watson is now in his second season as the starting middle linebacker for the Saints. In four games, he has made 12 tackles and one sack.

Anthony Weaver: When not enjoying himself at the Class of 2003 senior formal, Weaver has spent the last three seasons as Baltimore's starting defensive end. Mistah Weavah made 11 tackles this season before dislocating a toe in last week's game. He's expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Shawn Wooden: Wooden last played for the Dolphins in 2003, his 9th year in the league.

Renaldo Wynn: A starting defensive end for the Redskins this year, Wynn has made four tackles in three games thus far this year. 2005 is his 9th year in the league.

Bryant Young: Now in his 12th season in the NFL, Bryant has recorded 14 tackles and 6 sacks in four starts this year. Bryant has started and played for San Francisco his entire career. He has said he feels he owes a great deal of loyalty to this historic franchise.

Here's a breakdown by team:

New York Giants 3 (Legree, Petitgout, Tuck)
Indianapolis 2 (Sapp, Smith)
New Orleans 2 (Carney, Watson)
Pittsburgh 2 (Bettis, Jim Jones)
San Francisco 2 (Battle, Young)
Tennessee 2 (Boiman, Hentrich)
Arizona 1 (Berry)
Atlanta 1 (Rossum)
Baltimore 1 (Weaver)
Buffalo 1 (Gandy)
Chicago 1 (Edwards)
Cleveland 1 (Faine)
Dallas 1 (Julius Jones)
Houston 1 (Earl)
Jacksonville 1 (Cooper)
Kansas City 1 (Black)
Minnesota 1 (Rosenthal)
New England 1 (Givens)
Oakland 1 (Irons)
Philadelphia 1 (Grasmanis)
Tampa Bay 1 (Mahan)
Washington 1 (Wynn)