While the Irish play their games on Saturdays, the return of the NFL means that some former Domers will be suiting up on the gridiron on Sundays (and occasionally, Thursdays and Mondays, too).
Here's a look at some notable performances around the league from opening week:
- Ryan Grant ('05) and the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers kicked off the season at home Thursday against New Orleans. Grant finished the game with 40 yards on nine carries and also caught a five-yard pass in a thrilling 42-34 victory.
- Golden Tate scored the first touchdown of the season for Seattle on Sunday. With 10:20 remaining in the third quarter, Tate caught an eight-yard pass from Tarvaris Jackson for the score, but the Seahawks lost to San Francisco, 33-17.
- Jeff Faine ('03) and John Sullivan ('07) started at center for Tampa Bay and Minnesota, respectively. Both teams dropped their season openers. The Vikings lost to San Diego while Detroit defeated the Bucs.
- Speaking of the Lions, Maurice Stovall ('06) caught one pass for eight yards.
- On the defensive side, Trevor Laws ('07) recorded one tackle for Philadelphia in a 31-13 win over St. Louis and Tom Zbikowski ('07) had six tackles in Baltimore's 35-7 rout of Pittsburgh.
- In Monday night's doubleheader, New England visits Miami while Denver plays host to Oakland. Anthony Fasano ('06) should start at tight end for Miami, while Sergio Brown ('10) could see some playing time at free safety for New England. Brady Quinn ('07) backs up Bronco starting quarterback Kyle Orton, while teammate David Bruton ('09) is second on the depth chart at safety.
- Josh Flynt