Second down for Irish pair

Pros in other sports, Samardzija, Zbikowski now target NFL

October 26, 2006|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Reporter

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- On a historic campus where the most recognizable symbol is known as Touchdown Jesus, in a storied college football program where facts are often obscured by myths, Jeff Samardzija and Tom Zbikowski became best friends, roommates and, eventually, two of Notre Dame's biggest stars.

They were, and are, decidedly different. Samardzija grew up in nearby Valparaiso, but his long locks and laid-back persona make him seem more suitable for California's Venice Beach. Zbikowski came from the suburbs outside Chicago, but his demeanor is strictly blue-collar.

Notre Dame vs. Navy Saturday, noon, M&T Bank Stadium, chs. 13, 9, 1090 AM, 1430 AM, 1500 AM Line: Notre Dame by 13

Twice as nice

Some college players who played professionally in other sports while in college:

John Elway -- Played football at Stanford and minor league baseball in the New York Yankees' system.

Danny Ainge -- Played basketball at Brigham Young and baseball in the Toronto Blue Jays' system.

Drew Henson -- Played football at Michigan and baseball in the New York Yankees' system.

Quincy Carter -- Played football at Georgia and baseball in the Chicago Cubs' system.

Josh Booty -- Played football at LSU and baseball in the Florida Marlins' system.

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