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New Orleans Saints’ New Face: Mike Golic Jr.


Mar 20, 2014; Notre Dame, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish former football player Mike Golic Jr. runs a drill during Notre Dame pro day at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints made a splash in the undrafted free agent market by signing a handful of rookies following the 2014 NFL Draft.  One of the new names Saints’ fans should get to know is Mike Golic Jr. (undrafted rookie last season).  He is the son of former defensive lineman and current ESPN radio host, Mike Golic of Mike and Mike in the Morning.  Golic Jr. followed in his fathers footsteps by playing his college ball at the University of Notre Dame.

He played his high school football in Connecticut where he was an all-state offensive lineman in both his junior and senior seasons.  During 2012 (his fifth year in South Bend), Golic Jr. started all 13 games at guard and was part of an offensive line that helped the Irish average over 200 yards per game in both rushing and receiving and blocked its way to a national championship game.  However, they were no match for Nick Saban‘s Alabama squad.

Golic Jr. entered the league last season after going undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft and being picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers.  However, just before the new season kicked off, he was cut in order for Mike Tomlin’s crew to reach their 53-man roster.  Well, on May 10, the New Orleans Saints decided to sign Golic to a two-year deal.  After the departure of C Brian de la Puente and failing to address the need in the draft, Golic seems like a smart add.  He has actually played at the center spot as well throughout his career, so it will be interesting to see what Sean Payton has in store for him.

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