The NFL had to make their final roster cuts by 4 PM ET Saturday -- and a number of former Notre Dame student-athletes were released. Today -- the players who cleared waivers at NOON ET could begin signing with NFL Teams' Practice Squads.
Here's the list (BELOW) of former Fighting Irish football players who will continue to get paid for playing professional football:
Ian Gray (II) is the 6'-8" 345 lb. behemoth (wearing #72) who started at left tackle yesterday afternoon for the Rice Owls.
Ian Gray (I) is a former Notre Dame student-athlete -- he played defensive tackle for the Fighting Irish in the late 70's. Ian Sr., flew all the way from Saudi Arabia yesterday to see his kid play against Notre Dame. Pretty awesome story...
Former Notre Dame student-athlete Andrew Hendrix '13 had 318 yards passing and three TD's in his first collegiate start after enrolling in grad school at Miami University (Oxford). Another Domer, tight end Alex Welch '13, was on the receiving end of one of those TD passes!
Hendrix is playing for former Fighting Irish offensive coordinator Chuck Martin -- who was flagged for two unsportsmanlike penalties in the final two minutes of the game...
Former Notre Dame student-athlete Chris Watt '13, earned some high praise from the San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy. The Bolts are thrilled with Watt's smarts and ability to play three positions on their offensive line -- very well.
Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly met with the media today after practice to talk about Saturday's game with Rice (and some other news concerning the team). This is the last time he'll speak with the press until after the game:
Her sophomore season as a professional has been one for the record books.
Former Notre Dame All-American Skylar Diggins was just named the WNBA's Most Improved Player. Skylar received 29 of the 38 votes from a panel of national and local sportswriters and broadcasters.
Skylar averaged 20.1 points for game this season -- after averaging 8.5 points per game last year. In the process she set the Shock's single season scoring record. She also led the team in assists, steals and minutes played. Diggins led the entire WNBA in minutes played per game, she was 2nd overall in points per game and finished 4th in assists. Way to go Skylar!!!
Took a lap around the worldwide web and found a couple of stories in local newspapers about two members of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame's defensive line. Just click on their names below to read their story:
University of Southern California defensive back Josh Shaw claimed to have jumped out of a two-story window Saturday night -- onto concrete -- and then crawled into a swimming pool to save his 7 year-old nephew from drowning.
Shaw, a fifth-year senior for the Trojans, suffered injuries to both ankles and is lost indefinitely to the team.
Well, the story breaking in the past hour is -- this may not be true -- see story linked below.
The Observer is reporting leaders of the Notre Dame football team met with Student Government last night to inform them that the "team and student body" would stand together after EVERY home game going forward -- not just after wins.
Former Notre Dame running back Jonas Gray is making the long comeback from an ACL injury suffered during his senior campaign in South Bend. This past weekend he earned some reps with Tom Brady in their exhibition game against the Carolina Panthers...