Happy Friday everyone! I have access to thousands and thousands of Notre Dame Fighting Irish photos, and will never use a small fraction of those on this site. The thing is though — I want to, and I’m going to give it a solid shot as a way to bless the beginning of the weekend throughout the offseason.
With the recent chatter about tight ends (as if it ever goes away) of course we will dive into the photo album for the TE position.
STRIKE A POSE
As an end that was also tight, Leon Hart won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award. He is one of only four players in college football history that won a national championship, a Heisman, and was the #1 pick in the NFL Draft.
Tight end Dave Casper was an All-American on Notre Dame’s 1973 National Championship team. In today’s game we look for tight ends to convert into offensive tackles — Dave was the other way around.
Ken MacAfee was a three time All-American and Walter Camp Award winner. He also finished 3rd in the Heisman in 1977 — a national championship year for the Irish. MacAfee’s name continues to be littered across the Notre Dame record books.
A NEW ERA
For me, the beginning of the modern era of Notre Dame tight ends starts with Mark Bavaro, and for several decades it will seem like the Irish have these amazing tight ends — but the ball never gets thrown to them. Bavaro’s legacy was sealed with the New York Giants despite still being an All-American in 1984.
FIRST ROUND TALENT
Derek Brown played for Lou Holtz while at Notre Dame — which meant there weren’t a lot of passes thrown his way. In his final two years in South Bend, Brown caught just 37 passes for 545 yards and 5 touchdowns. It was good enough to be selected as the #14 overall pick in the NFL Draft by the New York Giants.