Week in and week out in the National Football League, you can count on three main Stanford alumni to make headlines across the league with consistent, superstar performances. Every football fan in the world would recognize Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, and Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. But there are 28 total Stanford players in the NFL, including these three, each suiting up every Sunday as a full fledged member of a 53-man roster. Here are the players that stood out in week four of NFL competition.
Week three of the NFL is in the books, and there were some absolutely shocking results in the world of football. The New England Patriots lost to the Detroit Lions, the Minnesota Vikings lost to the Buffalo Bills, and the Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Tennessee Titans in pretty shocking upsets. Through all of the insanity, the 28 former Stanford players still rostered to NFL teams had some incredible performances, and some fairly disappointing ones as well. Let’s take a look at who stood out from the pack this week.
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.
It was a week of highs and lows for Stanford in the NFL, as some players came out strong and made their mark, but many others ended up with injuries, leading to little production and worries for the future.
With week 10 in the books, it seems as though injury plagued many of the former Cardinal in the NFL. Despite some injured players, however, Stanford was well represented by the healthy bunch, including Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey made his presence known yet again in Monday’s 45-21 win over the Miami Dolphins.…
Week 9 saw some big improvements for several Cardinals in the NFL, especially Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.
McCaffrey saw more touches than usual after veteran Jonathan Stewart lost two fumbles during the first quarter. McCaffrey took advantage of the opportunity, rushing 15 times for 66 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s win. He also averaged 4.4 yards per carry, which marks a season-best for him. On the receiving end, McCaffrey caught five of six targets for 28 yards in Sunday’s game, recording his fifth straight game with at least five receptions.
Although Kevin Hogan struggled in his start for the Browns, the rest of the Cardinal players in the NFL helped make their mark on their teams this week, despite a fair amount of losses for their teams around the league in Week 6.