Former Irish players shine on NFL opening day

Streiff notes the work ethic of all three


Jake Langdon

In the first floor hallway in Kelly, recent class composites are displayed, including that of Terry McLaurin from the Class of 2014.

Jake Langdon, Reporter/Videographer

Following the loss to Cincinnati Elder in a 38-31 overtime loss on Sept. 6 and a college football Saturday on Sept. 6 filled with Cathedral alumni, the Irish football program held a presence on Sept. 7.

After earning his starting spot a week before the season opener, Terry McLaurin ‘14 of the Washington Redskins started his career off with a bang, tacking on 125 yards and a touchdown on five receptions, including a 70-yard long ball that he took to the house. His efforts were not enough as the Redskins fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 32-27.

Jack Doyle ‘09 was his usual self doing the dirty work in the trenches for the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts were defeated by the Los Angeles Chargers in overtime 30-24. He finished the game with a single reception for 20 yards.

Ted Karras ‘11 began his fourth year in the league holding the starting spot at center for the New England Patriots. Led by Tom Brady, Karras helped the Patriots start the year right with a 33-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Athletics Director Mr. Rick Streiff, who coached McLaurin and Doyle, added meaningful insight regarding each of their performances. In regards to all three athletes, Streiff said,”The greatest thing about all three of these guys, I preached this when I was coaching, these guys they are the hardest workers on the field, they never complained, they never whined about anything they just put their hats on and went to work every day.”

Streiff praised each of their work ethic, saying that “they outworked everybody. All of the fluff, all of the sweatbands, all of the camps, none of those guys needed those. They just worked.”

According to Streiff, Karras came into Cathedral weighing just 175 pounds and came out weighing more than 300 pounds. As a testament to Karras’s toughness, Streiff remarked that “(Karras) had a broken wrist. He broke his wrist and it’s never healed right so he’s always lifted with a broken wrist.”

As a closing remark Streiff provided a simple adage that applied to all of these men: “Work; shut your mouth; do your job; don’t need all the flash; doesn’t matter, just play.”