Notre Dame Football: San Francisco 49ers

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May, 2, 2012
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Abro was all that was right about college sports. Cheers.
Expect a little more purple and gold than usual on the Notre Dame campus this fall.

Robert Blanton became the latest in the Irish-to-Vikings pipeline Saturday, going to Minnesota in the fifth round (139th overall) one day after the franchise drafted the cornerback's teammate from Notre Dame's defensive backfield, Harrison Smith.

Minnesota now has five former Irish players on its roster: Blanton, Smith, Kyle Rudolph, John Carlson and John Sullivan.

Darius Fleming was drafted a round later (165th overall) by the 49ers, who made Fleming the first Notre Dame linebacker drafted since 2004, when the Saints took Courtney Watson. San Francisco had not drafted a Notre Dame player since taking Arnaz Battle in the sixth round in 2003.

Several former Irish players signed free-agent deals with NFL teams -- defensive end Ethan Johnson with the Chiefs, running back Jonas Gray with the Dolphins and offensive tackle Taylor Dever with the Cowboys. Guard Trevor Robinson posted on Twitter on Sunday that he signed with the Bengals.
Someone from Notre Dame is guaranteed a Super Bowl ring.

A former Irish player remains on each of the four remaining NFL teams as they prepare for conference-championship weekend.

Either Sergio Brown (New England Patriots), Tom Zbikowski (Baltimore Ravens), Ian Williams (San Francisco 49ers) or Justin Tuck (New York Giants) will win the Super Bowl.

Williams, signed as an undrafted free agent this season, is the most recent to play for Notre Dame. Tuck, drafted in 2005, is the oldest of the group.

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