Notre Dame Football: Mark Bavaro

Justin Tuck notched three tackles, a pair of sacks and forced a safety in the Giants' 21-17 Super Bowl win Sunday over the Patriots, their second title-game triumph over New England in the last four years. And he's now on a short list of former Notre Dame players to win multiple Super Bowls.

Tuck is the 11th former Irish player to win at least two Super Bowls, joining Mark Bavaro, Rocky Bleier, Nick Buoniconti, Eric Dorsey, Dave Duerson, David Givens, Terry Hanratty, Bob Kuechernberg, Joe Montana and Steve Sylvester.

Montana and Bleier lead the group with four titles apiece.

Notre Dame has had an alum on the Super Bowl winner the past three years and in eight of the last nine.

Thirty-two of the 46 Super Bowl champions have had a former Notre Dame player on their roster. With safety Sergio Brown playing for the losing Patriots on Sunday, 16 Super Bowls have now featured former Irish players on each team.

Tim McDonnell also has a connection to the Giants' win, as the Notre Dame director of player personnel is the nephew of Giants president and CEO John Mara.

Irish connections in Super Bowl XLVI

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The storylines can seemingly write themselves for the rematch of a New York-New England title game that features a Manning and a Brady in another Manning's building.

For Notre Dame fans, it's much simpler.

Either Justin Tuck or Sergio Brown -- of the Giants and Patriots, respectively -- will win a Super Bowl ring.

Tuck was drafted out of Notre Dame in 2005; Brown was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010.

Irish director of personnel Tim McDonnell, meanwhile, is the nephew of Giants co-owner John Mara. Mark Bavaro, drafted out of Notre Dame in 1985, served as one of the Giants' honorary captains Sunday.
Juniors Tyler Eifert and Manti Te'o were named to the Walter Camp All-American team Thursday, the former on the first team and the latter on the second.

Eifert's 57 catches this year led all FBS tight ends, and his 713 receiving yards were second. He is Notre Dame's 185th first-team all-American and the Irish's first tight end selected to the first team since Derek Brown in 1991. He is is the sixth Notre Dame tight end since 1973 to earn first team all-America honors, joining Dave Casper (1973), Ken MacAfee (1975-77), Tony Hunter (1982), Mark Bavaro (1984) and Brown.

Te'o, meanwhile, leads the Irish in tackles (115), tackles for loss (13) and sacks (4.5). He is the second Irish linebacker to earn Walter Camp All-America honors since 1991 (Courtney Watson, 2002). Te'o was named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team earlier Thursday.

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