He's a familiar face in South Bend--from his days at Penn to his time at Notre Dame.
Last Saturday, the familiar face of Mike Rosenthal was back at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time since his Irish playing days ended in 1998.
"I grew up here. I lived here. I came to school here,” Rosenthal said. “It’s just great being back. I love the fall time in south bend and there's no place I'd rather be."
A 4-year starter at Notre Dame, Rosenthal has spent 9 seasons in the NFL. He certainly knows what a great atmosphere is all about. He says, Notre Dame is still just like he remembered it.
The buzz around campus on gameday and on friday afternoons—it’s something you can't match across the country,” Rosenthal explains.
“It’s just great to be back because Notre Dame is such a special place and it holds a special place in my heart."
A high school and collegiate All-American, Rosenthal even played in a super bowl for the giants. But his days on the football field may now be over. Rosenthal can't play or even lift right now.
He is currently on injured reserve with the Dolphins after suffering pinched nerves in his neck during training camp.
"You get in the NFL--you get to be a certain age and when neck problems creep up—it’s just something you don't want to mess with. I still have some numbness in my shoulder and my neck.”
“But I've had a great ride. I had a chance to play in a lot of great stadiums and play in the NFL for a while.”
Rosenthal was drafted by the Giants and played 4 seasons in New York. He then played 4 years in Minnesota before signing on with Miami this past season.
“My heart is always here in south bend with Penn and Notre Dame,” Rosenthal says. “Now in the future, I will have more time to see the Irish and the Kingsmen."