When Super Bowl 48 kicks off Sunday in New Jersey, it will mark the 10th time a pair of former Notre Dame teammates will square off in the NFL's biggest game.
Broncos safety David Bruton and Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate played together at Notre Dame under Charlie Weis in 2007 and 2008.
"David Bruton is a heck of a player--he's got a lot of speed, he's got stride and he's a good tackler," Tate said this week when asked about his former teammate.
Bruton is the captain of the Broncos special teams. He's got great respect for Tate, the Seahawks leading receiver this season.
"I'm going to do everything I can to help my team win and he's going to do the same," Bruton said this week about Tate. "It's going to be good to see a former teammate, especially in such a big game at this point in our careers and say what's up but we know what it is."
Both guys have received a ton of attention from their Notre Dame connections.
"Everyone has reached out whether its twitter or instagram or if they still have my number, text me and wish me good luck and say 'wow how far you've come,'" Bruton explained. "One of my good friends from there said she wanted a half Golden Tate, half David Bruton jersey. I've been reached out by many and I appreciate the love."
Their two years together at Notre Dame weren't the greatest of seasons. In fact, it included a 3-9 campaign in 2007. Even still, both credit Notre Dame for playing a huge role in making it to this point in their careers.
"Going to Notre Dame definitely helped," Tate says. "Coach Weis taught the pro style system so I learned a lot. A lot of the routes are the same in the NFL, I just had to work on my details."
"It was a great experience being there at Notre Dame," Bruton adds. "I wouldn't trade my experience there at Notre Dame for nothing in the world. Not only did it prepare me for life in the NFL but life in the real world after the fact. It's taught me a lot of life lessons and I've definitely learned a lot from my experiences at Notre Dame."
Not only are Bruton and Tate the 10th set of former Irish teammates to square off, they mark the 17th time Notre Dame has been represented by both teams in the Super Bowl:
Below are the 17 times Notre Dame has been represented by both teams in the Super Bowl. The 10 games featuring former teammates squaring off are in bold.
Super Bowl XLVIII (2014) - Seattle (Golden Tate) vs. Denver (David Bruton)
Super Bowl XLVI (2012) - N.Y. Giants (Justin Tuck) vs. New England (Sergio Brown)
Super Bowl XLV (2011) - Green Bay (Ryan Grant) vs. Pittsburgh (Arnaz Battle)
Super Bowl XLII (2008) - N.Y Giants (Jerome Collins, Marcus Freeman and Justin Tuck) vs. New England (Mike Richardson)
Super Bowl XLI (2007) - Indianapolis (Rocky Boiman and Hunter Smith) vs. Chicago (Mark LeVoir)
Super Bowl XXXIX (2005) - New England (David Givens) vs. Philadelphia (Paul Grasmanis)
Super Bowl XXXIV (2000) - St. Louis (Todd Lyght) vs. Tennessee (Hunter Smith)
Super Bowl XXIX (1995) - San Francisco (Junior Bryant, Anthony Peterson, Ricky Watters and Bryant Young) vs. San Diego (John Carney, Willie Clark and Rodney Culver)
Super Bowl XVIII (1984) - L.A. Raiders (Steve Sylvester) vs. Washington (Joe Theismann)
Super Bowl XVII (1983) - Washington (Joe Theismann) vs. Miami (Bob Kuechenberg)
Super Bowl XVI (1982) - San Francisco (Bobby Leopold and Joe Montana) vs. Cincinnati (Ross Browner)
Super Bowl XIV (1980) - Pittsburgh (Rocky Bleier) vs. L.A. Rams (Mike Fanning)
Super Bowl XI (1977) - Oakland (Dave Casper and Steve Sylvester) vs. Minnesota (Alan Page)
Super Bowl IX (1975) - Pittsburgh (Rocky Bleier and Terry Hanratty) vs. Minnesota (Alan Page)
Super Bowl VIII (1974) - Miami (Nick Buoniconti and Bob Kuechenberg) vs. Minnesota (Alan Page)
Super Bowl VII (1973) - Miami (Nick Buoniconti and Bob Kuechenberg) vs. Washington (Myron Pottios)
Super Bowl IV (1970) - Kansas City (Jim Lynch) vs. Minnesota (Mike McGill and Alan Page)