Former Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer was a fan favorite when he played at Kinnick Stadium a few years back. Now, in the National Football League, he may quickly becoming a favorite of Indianapolis Colts fans.
Without Peyton Manning around, and playing in what could be a tough season for the Colts, the fans have to find something to cheer for and Angerer gave that to the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium this past Sunday.
The former LB from Bettendorf, Iowa, played lights out for the Colts in the team’s tough three-point loss to the Steelers. He finished with a career-high 21 tackles and 16 of those tackles were solos, which meant he was all over the field on Sunday Night Football.
Another former Hawkeye also played in that game as Dallas Clark caught two passes for 12 yards. Without a steady quarterback throwing good passes, Clark has struggled to make an impact this season. And with veteran Kerry Collins going out of the game with a concussion, that only made things worse on Sunday.
Other bright spots for former Hawkeyes this past weekend included former Iowa tight end and now Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler catching another touchdown. It is his fourth TD in three games this year. Coming into the season, Chandler had only caught one career pass.
Two more former players that should get some recognition include punter Ryan Donahue and running back Shonn Greene. Donahue, now punting for the undefeated Detroit Lions, punted seven times for an average of 46.5 yards per punt. He had a long of 52 and downed the ball inside the 20 once. Greene had 59 rushing yards on 15 carries and 47 receiving yards on seven receptions.
Donahue wasn’t the only former Hawkeye playing in the Lions-Vikings game on Sunday. Former LB Chad Greenway had eight tackles for the Vikings, while former CB Amari Spievey finished with four tackles and one sack for the Lions. Allen Reisner also made a tackle on special teams, and Christian Ballard also played in the game.
Here is a rundown of how other former Hawkeyes did in their games this past weekend.
Bob Sanders — The former Iowa safety was injured in the Chargers’ win over the Chiefs and is expected to miss the rest of the season. The oft-injured defensive player suffered from a knee injury this time around.
Bradley Fletcher — The former Iowa CB had six tackles for the Rams in their loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Adrian Clayborn — The popular former Iowa DE had his best game so far as a young pro, finishing with two tackles, his first career sack and a fumble forced.
Bryan Bulaga — The former Iowa OT left the Packers’ game early against the Chicago Bears, but the injury to his left knee is not thought to be serious. He should be back this week as the injury was diagnosed a sprained knee.
Tyler Sash — One tackle in the New York Giants win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Matt Roth — Did not play in the Jaguars game this past weekend due to injury but is expected to return this weekend.
Aaron Kampman — Another Jacksonville Jaguar who did not play and has not played all season as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered last year. He is close to returning and may even get on the field this weekend.
Brandon Myers — Did not catch a pass in the Raiders’ win over the Jets Sunday.