Monday, April 30, 2007

The Irish Seven—Don't Forget to "Love Our Lady"

Seven Fighting Irish football players were drafted into the pros during this weekend's NFL draft. Of course, Brady Quinn was the highest Irish pick, altough he fell to #22 when many experts had project him going #3. But in the end, Brady, like Saturday's saint, Louis de Montfort, got what his heart desired, for he still ended up with his hometown Cleveland Browns. It's just that Cleveland had to draft 6-foot-6-inch, 313-pound Joe Thomas (Wisconsin) at three so Brady would have someone to block for him!

Next drafted was sack-master Victor Abiamiri, the 6-foot-5-inch, 271-pounder defensive end who went in the second round to the Philadelphia Eagles. Our third-rounder was Ryan Harris, the Irish 6-foot-five-inch, 299-pounder Islamic offensive tackle who will play for another Catholic coach, Mike Shanahan, when he joins the Denver Broncos.

On Sunday, defensive lineman Derek Landri became a fifth-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, cornerback Mike Richardson a sixth pick of Charlies Weis' former team the New Enlgand Patriots and safety Chinedum Ndukwe along with Chicago native and St. Patrick High School grad, center Dan Santucci both went in the seventh round to Cincinnati.

Meanwhile, Darius Walker, the versatile but slight running back, who opted to enter the pros after his junior year, went un-drafted, as did star wide out Jeff Samardzija, who was a projected first-rounder but earlier had opted to play baseball for the Chicago Cubs instead.

Goodbye, former Irish, and don't forget to bring Our Lady to your new teams too!

Fighting Irish Thomas: Catholicism, Politics, Saints, and Notre Dame


Zennie Abraham said...

Remember, they were all recruited by Tyrone Willingham, not Charlie Weis.

Tom O'Toole said...

Zennie - Of course they were Willingham's recruits. Still, even Ty's diehard supports realize that the likes of Stovall, Samardzija and of course, Quinn, played to their potential only after Weis took over. On the other hand, the jury's still out on Charlie's defense; that side of the ball will determine if Weis is remembered at ND with Rockne, Leahy, and Holtz or with Ty, Davie, and Faust. -Tom