Former Irish center, Penn H.S. alum Cave signs with Patriots

Former Notre Dame center and Penn High School alum Braxston Cave says he's been signed to the New England Patriots 53-man roster.

The Granger native was an undrafted free agent with the Browns before being cut over the weekend. Now he's on the final roster with the Pats heading into the regular season opener next Sunday.

"It's been an uphill battle since the draft but it has been a constant motivator to push myself every day to get better," Cave told me Sunday afternoon. "The Patriots are giving me an opportunity to come and help their football team and that's exactly what I plan to do."

Cave admits going undrafted and being cut has made him appreciate this opportunity to live out his dream in the NFL all that much more.

"Absolutely," Cave said. "Anytime you struggle to get something you want, you definitely appreciate it more once you get it."

Cave signed with the Irish following ND's 3-9 2007 football season, vowing to help lead the Irish back to glory. Named after a former Irish football player, Cave did just that. As a 5-year senior last season, he helped ND reach the BCS National Championship game.

Cave was back home in Granger this weekend. He's packing his bags to jump on a flight at 5pm to head to Massachusetts.

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