The current Notre Dame players won’t be the only Golden Domers visiting the Aloha State in the next few months with today’s news that former Notre Dame players John Carney and Justin Tuck were named to this year’s Pro Bowl.
Carney, the oldest active player in the NFL, will be making his second trip to Honolulu this winter after leading the NFL in scoring for much of the season. He’s currently 3rd with 122 points and has missed just two field goals all season (one of which was blocked). The Giants signed Carney this summer to fill in for Lawrence Tynes while he was injured, but even with Tynnes healthy, Carney has remained the Giants active kicker for all but one week.
Justin Tuck, also a member of the Giants, will be making his first Pro Bowl trip after recording 12 sacks in his first year as a full time starter. Tuck has blossomed as a starter and has led the Giants defensive line after the off-season retirement of Michael Strahan and training camp injury to Osi Umenyiora. Tuck also picked off a pass against the Rams and returned it 41 yards for his first career NFL touchdown.
This news is just a tad bittersweet for me since I’m a diehard Eagles fan and this have a healthy distain for the Giants, but it’s always nice to see former players making good. It’s also nice to see a Notre Dame defensive lineman become a star in the NFL considering the problems we’ve had recruiting elite defensive linemen outside of last year.