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.
In February 2017, NFL senior draft analyst Lance Zierlein published a scouting report evaluating a running back prospect hoping to be picked high in that year’s NFL draft. “Lacks desired size of an every-down back. Has some tread worn off his tires. Average burst may not be enough to race past NFL speed on second level. Inconsistent squaring up blitzers in pass pro and ducks his head into contact. Doesn’t have NFL-caliber power to break tackles and create yardage for himself through power.”
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.
After a gut wrenching loss to the now No.10 Washington State this past Saturday by a score of 43-40, Cardinal fans can’t help but feel a sense of loss and despair. Where has the season gone? Where is the fierce Cardinal play Nerd Nation is so used to seeing?
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.