By Sam Kienzle
There are over thirty former Hawkeyes in the NFL. Here are a few instances of Hawkeye alumni having a nice moment or a glowing stat line in Sunday’s National Football League action.
–Jason Baker averaged 41 yards a punt, landed two punts inside the 20 yard line, and hit a long of 56 yards in his Carolina Panthers’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals, 28-21.
–Bob Sanders, returning to action at safety for the first time in many moons (now a Charger), recorded six tackles, including three solo tackles in the Chargers’ 24-17 win over Minnesota. Viking Chad Greenway, who recently signed a lucrative 5-year contract, tallied eight tackles (all solo) and two tackles for loss.
-Safety/corner Amari Spievey led his fellow Detroit Lions in tackles with seven (all solo) in the Lions’ 27-20 win over Tampa Bay.
–Matt Roth lassoed Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck into a sack in the Jaguars 16-14 win over Tennessee.
-Colts second-year linebacker Pat Angerer recovered a fumble and led the Colts’ defense with thirteen total tackles (nine solo) and one tackle for loss. Veteran Pro-Bowl NFL tight end Dallas Clark had four catches for 39 yards. Both performances were virtually fruitless, however, as the Houston Texans dismissed the Colts by halftime, building a 34-0 lead.
-Here’s a name you haven’t seen for a while, if ever: Scott Chandler, the starting tight end for the Hawkeyes from 2004-2006, caught five passes for 63 yards and TWO touchdowns. Amazing, considering he had one career catch for 14 yards. Chandler started his career with San Diego and Dallas before being cut by both teams. Astonishingly, the guy who was dependable but never spectacular for the Hawkeyes breaks into the starting role for the Bills. Former Coe College running back Fred Jackson rushed twenty times for 112 yards for the Bills. Cheers to Jackson, who has had a longer and more overwhelming journey to NFL stardom than Chandler and pretty much anyone else I can recollect.