Ex-NFL star says Petrino making 'difference'

Former University of Louisville and NFL star Sam Madison lauds the job that current U of L coach Bobby Petrino is doing with the program. Madison was a four-time Pro Bowl selection who now trains college kids in South Florida and does TV and radio work for the Dolphins.

Former University of Louisville football standout Sam Madison, who was a four-time Pro-Bowl selection in the NFL, hasn't spent a lot of time back at U of L since he graduated.

But Madison was "super impressed," with a recent visit.

Madison, a third-team All-American during his time at U of L, was back in town last month for the U of L Spring Game and was introduced to a loud ovation at halftime.

"Still very special," Madison said of the crowd. "Awesome."

Madison, who retired in 2008 after 11 years in the NFL, said he spent some time watching the players and has talked to some current and former players about the program.

And he said there's "nothing but positives," to talk about.

"It is so awesome," Madison said. "Coach (Bobby) Petrino is doing such a great time with these young guys. He's really, really made a difference."

Madison said it's a lot of fun now that he's seeing more and more U of L players being drafted into the NFL. He said the recent 10 draft picks and five other players signing free-agent contracts is "amazing."

"When I came into the National Football League our players were scattered," Madison said. "You would have one here and one there. There was only like 1-2 guys and now you can go down the rosters and see a lot of Louisville guys all over the place.

"It shows the program is doing something really good."

Madison, who trains college kids in South Florida and does radio and television for FinSider (Miami Dolphins network), said he was "excited" to see DeVante Parker play for the Dolphins. Madison trained former U of L safety Gerod Holliman, who was picked by the Steelers, prior to the draft.

"It's a lot of fun to watch (the program)," Madison said. "So much fun."

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