It was a quiet week for Stanford players in the NFL, with many of the NFL’s former Cardinal players on byes during Week 7, including the Pittsburgh Steelers’ David DeCastro and the Carolina Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey. Usual contributors like the Philadelphia Eagles’ Zach Ertz and San Francisco 49ers’ Richard Sherman had quiet games, showing up when called upon but not providing any highlight plays or a notable stat line.
The football gods must always take more than they give. After Stanford earned the right to keep the Axe for another year, it was only fair that nearly every former Cardinal in the NFL would lose. Despite the list of L’s, the following alumni were still able to make an impact for their team.
Though the Stanford football team’s season largely over, the NFL season is still in full swing, and there are quite a few phenomenal former Cardinal players making their marks on a weekly basis in the pros.
Following the postponement of the 121st Big Game last weekend, Stanford football became a Sunday affair as alumni fought on the gridiron across the country. Week 11 wrinkled the normal expectations for Stanford in the NFL; Carolina Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey and Philadelphia Eagles’ tight end Zach Ertz were held to disappointing performances. Meanwhile, rookie Houston Texans’ safety Justin Reid was the highlight of the week for any Cardinal fan.
After losing four of their last five games, Stanford football has thoroughly dashed all hopes and dreams for another dominant season. The only solace left for Cardinal fans now resides on Sundays. Unfortunately, Week 9 in the NFL was a rollercoaster for Stanford alumni as impressive offensive performances were dampened by injuries on the other side of the ball.
With David Decastro, Blake Martinez, and Doug Baldwin on bye and Richard Sherman out for the San Francisco 49ers, many big-name Cardinal players were out of action. Meanwhile, the few Stanford stars that did suit up proved to be key players in Week seven NFL action.
This week six in the NFL saw former Cardinal Doug Baldwin return to the starting lineup for a depleted Seattle Seahawks wide receiver corps that desperately missed him last week. Baldwin picked up right where he left off, reeling in six catches for 91 yards, including a 42 yard bomb right over top of Oakland Raiders cornerback Darryl Worley. Baldwin currently leads the NFL in receiving touchdowns from the slot since 2015 with 21, just ahead of the Green Bay Packers’ Randall Cobb and the Washington Redskins’ Jamison Crowder.
After graduating from Stanford, some students go on to medical school. Some intern at startups. Some go back home to live with their parents and vent over dinner about the futility of truly meaningful social impact in the modern world citing Sartre chapters assigned in PHIL 102 and strenuous and impassioned participation in Rise Against Hunger during freshman NSO.
A select, talented few are drafted to play in the National Football League. Here are a few former Cardinal players who balled out this week five in the NFL.