By Sam Kienzle
It’s been a while since we at KRUI have done a “Hawks in the NFL” piece. The fact of the matter is, it really hasn’t been a great year for Iowa alums in the League. Some of the NFL’s most consistent contributors who once wore the black jersey have either been injured or now play for loathsome teams.
Dallas Clark, for instance, has had little come his way because of Peyton Manning’s absence. Curtis Painter (the Colt’s backup quarterback) just can’t seem to get the ball out of his hands in an accurate and timely manner without getting crushed by an opponent. Break-out player of 2010, Tony Moeaki, has been on the Kansas City Chiefs’ injured reserve before the season began with a torn knee ligament. Aaron Kampman is still working his way back from a torn ACL. Bob Sanders is gone with some injury, again. So without further ado, here are some of the better game and seasonal performances by former Hawkeyes in the NFL.
–Jonathan Babineaux got his first sack of the year in his Falcons’ 31-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Babineaux sacked the aforementioned Mr. Painter, likely Mr. Painter’s multiple endured sack of the game.
–Pat Angerer notched 8 tackles for the Colts in their loss to the Falcons. On the year, Angerer has 98 tackles and one forced fumble for the winless Colts.
-Double-chinned journeyman tight end Scott Chandler leads the Buffalo Bills in receiving touchdowns (6), but did not snare a score in the Bills’ 27-11 loss to the Jets on Sunday. He did have 3 catches for 24 yards. For proof of jowly double-chin, visit here. For a surprise Hawkeye double-chin, visit here or here.
–Shonn Greene lugged the rawhide 19 times for 76 yards for the Jets in their win over the Bills. As the Jets’ starting tailback, Greene has 502 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the year.
-In a fantastic, record-ending win over the New England Patriots, New York Giant safety Tyler Sash made two tackles, both solo, to help the Giants beat New England at Gillette Stadium, 24-20. Both of Sash’s tackles forced fumbles. The Giants forced four total turnovers in the win, breaking the Patriots’ 20-game regular-season home win streak. Tom Brady, not of the double-chin variety, left the game notably upset. Rumor has it he was greeted by Gisele outside the Patriots’ locker room with a fur coat and a glass of aged Pinot Noir.
–Amari Spievey, former Hawkeye cornerback and current safety on the born-from-the-ashes Detroit Lions, had 6 solo tackles in their 45-10 win at Denver on October 30th. In 2011, Spievey has 32 tackles and three interceptions.