While Bearcat fans will be busy watching the Bearcats Men's Basketball team in a Big East battle, they can also spend the entire weekend watching former University of Cincinnati Bearcat football players play big roles in the NFL Playoffs. Here's a look at who is left fighting to reach the Super Bowl.
Andre Frazier: Steelers #94 - The rookie right outside linebacker made the Steelers practice squad at the end of camp, but change is a way of life in the NFL and Frazier found himself on the active roster very soon. Andre will return home this weekend to battle the Cincinnati Bengals in a first round game.
Tajuan Hagler: Colts #56 - What better way to leave college and enter the pro ranks with one of the best teams in the NFL. Hagler has fought off injury and will be part of the Colts defense in the second round of the playoffs since they have a bye this week.
Mike Wright: New England #99 - What a year it's been for Wright. A free agent pickup for the Patriots after going undrafted, Wright used his great athletic ability to earn a spot with one of the best NFL teams over the past five years. The Purcell Marian graduate is shown to have 13 total tackles for the season. Wright and the Patriots will take on Jacksonville in the first round of the playoffs.
Antrell Hawkins: New England #25 - The eight year NFL veteran spent last season with the Carolina Panthers. He then jumped to the Washington Redskins as an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2005 season but was released on August 27, 2005 and picked up with the Patriots. Antrell was inactive in the last game for the Pats and will be a game time decision when the Patriots take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Daven Holly: Bears #26 - After being selected by San Francisco in the 7th round of the 2005 draft, Holly found himself on the short end of the team's plans and was released on September 3, 2005. He was quickly picked up by the Bears the next day and has not looked back yet. He is listed as the number three right corner back for the Bears who will have a bye during the first round of the playoffs.
So don't forget to look for one of these former Bearcats during the postseason play in the NFL.