The San Francisco 49ers have four former Cardinal, the Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles have three and the Dallas Cowboys have two.
Senior wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside and senior inside linebacker Bobby Okereke were picked on Friday’s day two of the 2019 NFL Draft, joining a long list of Stanford players in the NFL.
This is not the World Series everybody wanted. A matchup between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers could not feature two more vintage blueblood franchises. The Dodgers haven’t won in three decades, but they’re still six-time World Series champions – they’re still the team that housed legends like Sandy Koufax, Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson. The Red Sox are no stranger to the limelight and World Series rings either, winning five years ago, with three championships since the year 2000.
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.
When February dawns and the Super Bowl makes its return to end the NFL season, there always seems to be a number of new football fans that come out of the woodwork and clamor to organize parties to watch the big game. People you would never in a million years expect to care about the Patriots or the Eagles suddenly are posting selfies with Tom Brady and Carson Wentz jerseys on.
The Philadelphia Eagles earned their first Super Bowl after defeating New England Patriots 41-33 in a high-intensity affair on Sunday afternoon. With five Stanford alumni between the two teams, the most of any school, the former Cardinal had their fingerprints on the final outcome of the game.
Stanford football alumni have had great performances during the 2017 NFL season. The debuts of top-10 picks rookies running back Christian McCaffrey and defensive end Solomon Thomas have captured the interest of their teams’ fanbases. Not only that but the sustained success of players such as tight ends Zach Ertz and Austin Hooper and offensive linemen David DeCastro and Andrus Peat has Stanford on the lips of many fans as a bonafide NFL factory.
This post has been updated to reflect the practice squad signings of Ben Gardner, Ed Reynolds and Aziz Shittu. With NFL teams announcing final cuts on Sunday, five members of Stanford’s 2016 class have successfully made the transition from Saturday to Sunday nights and find themselves on NFL 53-man rosters, bringing the number of former Cardinal in…