Notre Dame Football | Feb. 2, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Former University of Notre Dame teammates Golden Tate (Seattle) and David Bruton (Denver) now find themselves on opposite sides of Super Bowl XLVIII. The tandem will continue the long history of success for the Irish on Super Bowl Sunday. Either Tate or Bruton will become the 39th different former Notre Dame football player to earn a Super Bowl title.
Bruton ('09), who was selected by the Broncos in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, has played in 77-of-80 possible regular-season games over his five-year NFL career (all with Denver). Bruton was voted a season captain for the first time of his career in 2013, and tied for second on the team with seven special-teams tackles. He appeared in all 16 regular-season games in 2012, leading the Broncos in special-teams plays (376) and was named a third alternate for the AFC Pro Bowl squad as a special-teamer.
Tate, who was selected by the Seahawks in the second round (60th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, has established NFL career highs this season in receptions (64) and receiving yards (898). Tate has recorded five touchdown catches and developed into arguably the top punt return man in the NFL. He has averaged 11.5 yards per punt return (51 for 585), including a career-long 71-yard punt return against Tampa Bay on Nov. 3, 2013.