Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Notre Dame Alumni in the NFL Playoffs


Jerome Bettis, RB - Pittsburgh: 3 games, 42 rush, 37 yds, 3 TD, 1 lost fumble.

Deke Cooper, S - Jacksonville: 1 game, 0 tackles.

Darrell Campbell, DT - Chicago: Practice squad.

David Givens, WR - New England: 2 games, 6 catches, 57 yds, 2 TD.

Ryan Grant, RB - New York Giants: Practice squad.

Jim Jones, OL - Washington: Practice squad.

Sean Mahan, OG - Tampa Bay: Starting RG in 1 game; team rushed for 75 yards and Chris Simms was sacked three times.

Jim Molinaro, OT - Washington: Reserve OL for 1 game; team rushed for 95 yards and Mark Brunell was sacked twice.

Luke Petitgout, OT - New York Giants: Starting LT for one game; team rushed for 41 yards and Eli Manning was sacked four times.

Gerome Sapp, S - Indianapolis: 1 game, 0 tackles.

Hunter Smith, P - Indianapolis: 1 game, 6 punts, 45.3 average, 52 yd long, 1 inside 20.

Justin Tuck, DE - New York Giants: 1 game, 1 tackles.

Kurt Vollers, OT - Indianapolis: Inactive.

Renaldo Wynn, DE - Washington: DNP - broken arm.


Greg Blanche, Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line - Washington (ND Defensive Assistant 1968-71 (while an undergrad; a leg injury ended his playing career), Asst Jr Varsity 1973-74, Jr Varsity 1975, Offensive Backs 1981, Defensive Line 1982-83): Defense yielded 30 points and 607 yards in two games.

John DeFillipo, Offensive Quality Control - New York Giants (Former ND Graduate Assistant): Team had 154 yards of offense and 0 points in 1 game.

Kirk Doll, Special Teams - Denver (ND Special Teams 1994-97, Linebackers 1994-2001, Kickers 2000, Assistant Head Coach 1997-2001): Denver averaged 21.6 yards per kick return and 10.0 yards per punt return in two games. They gave up 24.0 yards per kick return and 10.0 yards per punt return. Jason Elam converted all three field goal attempts and all five extra point attempts. Todd Sauerbrun averaged 45.2 yards per punt with a long of 58.

Andy Heck, Asst. Offensive Line - Jacksonville (ND TE/OT '85-'88 (player)): Team rushed for 87 yards and was sacked 6 times in one game.

Jay Hayes, Defensive Line - Cincinnati (ND Defensive Ends 1989, Outside Linebackers 1990-91): Line had 8 tackles in one game.

Dean Pees, Linebackers - New England (ND Secondary 1994): Linebackers had 56 tackles and 6.5 sacks in two games. Pees was also named the Patriots defensive coordinator when Eric Mangini became head coach of the Jets.

Bill Sherida, Linebackers, New York Giants (ND Safeties/Special Teams 2001): Linebackers had 28 tackles and 1 sack in 1 game.

Mike Trgovac, Defensive Coordinator - Carolina (ND Defensive Line 1992-94, Assistant Head Coach 1993-94): Team yielded 55 points and 852 total yards in 3 games.

In addition, the following players and coaches are a degree of separation from ND:

Shaun Alexander, RB - Seattle: Older brother was a drummer in the Band of the Fighting Irish.

Russ Grimm, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line - Pittsburgh: Younger brother Donn was a linebacker for ND from 1987-90.

Jon (Head Coach - Tampa Bay) and Jay (Offensive Assistant Coach, Tampa Bay) Gruden: Father, Jim, was Offensive Backs/Special Teams coach from 1978-80. Jon was a ball boy for men's basketball.