The NFL first recognized National Tight Ends Day in 2019 and has since celebrated the day every year on the fourth Sunday in October. Stanford is considered by many to be the “Tight End U”, as six of the Cardinal’s former students are active in the NFL: Zach Ertz ’13, Dalton Schultz ’18, Austin Hooper ’16, Kaden Smith ’19, Colby Parkinson ’20 and Levine Toilolo ’13. On their big day, Ertz and Hooper in particular shone for TEU
In his debut with the Arizona Cardinals after last week’s trade, Ertz had three receptions, a 66-yard reception leading the team and a 47-yard touchdown – the longest of his career.
Ertz became the first player in NFL history to catch a touchdown for different teams for consecutive weeks. The gaming ball and its gaming gloves will soon be on display in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ertz’s historic night helped the Cardinals reach 7-0 this season by beating the Houston Texans 31-5.
Ertz wasn’t the only Stanford alumnus celebrating Tight Ends Day. Hooper caught two of his three targets for 42 yards in the lead as the Browns defeated the Broncos 17-14. Schultz of the Cowboys was one of many former Cardinal’s on leave this week and, as a result, was unable to attend Tight Ends Day.
Houston quarterback Davis Mills ’21 had 23 of 32 passing attempts for 135 yards. Mills also made a fumble as the Texans failed to enter the end zone for the second straight week and fell to 1-6 this season.
The former Cardinal linemen also had an impact on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Andrus Peat ’15 protected New Orleans quarterback Jameis Winston all night en route to the Saints by beating the Seahawks 13-10 in Monday Night Football. On the other side, Arizona defensive end Josh Mauro ’14 made his season debut and recorded a tackle for the Cardinals. Solomon Thomas ’17 had three tackles and two quarterback hits in the Raiders’ 33-22 win over the Eagles.
Linebackers Curtis Robinson ’21 and Bobby Okereke ’19 both helped their respective teams keep their opponents under 20 points. Although the Broncos lost, they held the Browns to 17 points, some of which can be attributed to Robinson’s three tackles. Okereke made four tackles – one for a loss – as well as one pass deflection as the Colts beat the 49ers 30-18.
While Richard Sherman ’11 stayed clear of a hamstring injury he suffered last week, he contributed to the Buccaneers’ 38-3 win, albeit in an unusual way. After Bucs cornerback coach Kevin Ross tested positive for COVID-19, Sherman stepped in and helped fulfill his coaching role.
Sticking to the defensive back theme, Paulson Adebo ’21 had four tackles and one pass deflection for the Saints and registered a hit against Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith. Houston safety Justin Reid ’18 made seven tackles, including five solo, for the Texans.
On special teams, Ty Montgomery ’15 returned a kick for 33 yards for the Saints and Jake Bailey ’19 only kicked once for 35 yards in the 54-13 rout of the New Jets Patriots. York.