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Help a former Louisville Cardinal who is battling Lymphoma

Pete Nochta on the right

Pete Nochta on the right

The best thing we can do is help other people. And right now, one of our former Louisville Cardinal football players is in need of our help. Pete Nochta, who played tight end for the Cards from 2007-2010 has been diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma. Pete also came back to UofL as a tight ends coach with Bobby Petrino last season. He decided to pursue different things just before this all happened.

I first learned of this on the Facebook page of Mario Benavides, who played center for the Cards from 2008-2012, and is one of Nochta’s best friends in the world. He posted the following status, who he got from Alyssa Crosby, a former Louisville cheerleader who is also in their circle of friends.

Hello, everyone! As many of you may know, one of my great friends, Pete Nochta , was recently diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma and will be starting treatment this coming Monday. Chemotherapy treatment is not only extremely stressful emotionally, but financially as well.

I’ve put together a fund through a great organization called Bravelets™. Thanks to my amazing mom sending me a “Bravelet” to support a different charity, I found out that you can raise money for a specific cause! These bracelets are worn to help you be strong and brave in tough situations. There are items for men and women in an assortment of colors and styles. Please follow the link provided to be directed to “Pete’s Lymphoma Fund” and each item purchased through this portal will automatically donate $10 to Pete and his family to help fund his treatment!

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4 former Cards sign with NFL teams


It is not always a big deal to go undrafted in the NFL Draft. If you are good enough, a team will find you and give you a shot. This happens every year. Teams make their picks, and the draft ends. Then plenty of players sign with teams as free agents. So sometimes it isn’t a bad thing to go undrafted, because then you get to (hopefully) have options and you can make the best decision for yourself.

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Big East All-Bowl Team full of Cards!

Sugar Bowl poster

By Justin Renck:

ESPN released their All-Bowl Teams for the different conferences, and the Big East team is loaded with Cardinals! 7 members of the Sugar Bowl champions made the team. Here is the list! (All of the comments for the players came from Andrea Adelson of

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Big East

Andrea Adelson, who covers the Big East for, revealed her picks for the All-Big East teams, and the Cards were well represented! Here are the teams…

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Football: Big East Postseason Honors

NCAA Football: Louisville at West Virginia

You don’t go 10-2 and make it to the Sugar Bowl without some great individual performances, and those were recognized by the Big East with their posteason honors. Teddy Bridgewater was named Offensive Player of the Year, and Charlie Strong was Coach of the Year, but the Cards has more players honored…

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To the Seniors: Thank you!

By Justin Renck:

As we approach Senior Day 2012 for the football season, I tried to think of what kind of post to make on here to honor the seniors. After thinking of a few different ideas, I figured to just make it simple by saying: Thank you! Think about it…the seniors that have been here for their whole 4-5 year career committed to UofL when it really wasn’t a great place to commit to. They have stuck it out, and made this an attractive football program once again, and for that, I say thank you.

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Brad Jones: My Governor’s Cup Prediction


The struggles and hardships endured in offseason conditioning programs, spring practices, and training camp become lessons learned for the winner of one of Kentucky’s most famous battles, the Battle for the Governor’s Cup. For the loser, these same struggles and hardships seem like wasted effort. Regardless of each teams season outlook, this game is the most important. A win against the rival marks a successful season regardless of the final record.  Currently, we are less than a week away from the start of the college football season and the latest installment of this rivalry. Here are my views on the game:

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Football Media Day 2012: Mario Benavides talks about injuries

Mario Benavides has had his share of injuries in his career. Hear all about them in this clip.

Athlon Sports has 7 Cards in Big East Top 50

Athlon Sports released their Top 50 Big East players for the upcoming 2012 season. These rankings were based on 5 criteria: 2012 projected performance, importance to team, positional importance, NFL draft stock, and career performance.

The Cards had 7 players make the list. Here they are, along with their ranking.

 4) QB Teddy Bridgewater

 8) S Hakeem Smith

 11) C Mario Benavides

 23) CB Adrian Bushell

 31) LB Preston Brown

 38) WR DeVante Parker

 50) DT Roy Philon

Mario Benavides on Rimington Watch List

The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. The Trophy committee has just released its watch list for the 2012 season, and UofL senior Mario Benavides has made the list. The winner will be honored on January 12, 2013 at a banquet in Lincoln, Nebraska. Here is the complete list of players that are on the watch list.

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