John Sullivan NFL Bio

Learn more about John Sullivan's decorated college career at Notre Dame with his official NFL bio. Sullivan was a sixth-round pick of the Vikings on Sunday.

JOHN SULLIVAN
Offensive Center
University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish
6:03.3-284
Old Greenwich, Connecticut
Greenwich High School

OVERVIEW

Sullivan is regarded as one of the elite centers in college football, but the Irish struggled mightily in 2007.

He attended Greenwich High School, where he was a Parade and Super Prep All-American first-team selection, adding USA Today and ESPN.com second-team honors as a senior. The Gatorade Player of the Year in Connecticut was rated 61st on the ESPN list of the nation's top 100 prep players and rated 14th among offensive linemen nationally by CBSSportsLine.com. He also played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

A starter at center the final three seasons, Sullivan also played nose guard on defense. He was named offensive MVP by the Connecticut Post, as he helped lead his team to a 12-1-1 mark in 2002, including a league title and a spot in the Connecticut Class LL title game. That year, he recorded 20 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.

Sullivan also lettered in wrestling, achieving a 138-6 record in the heavyweight division. He went on to win the state championship as a sophomore, junior and senior. He finished seventh and earned All-American honors at the 2003 national wrestling meet. He was also a standout water polo player who lettered on the school's rugby team.

Sullivan enrolled at Notre Dame in 2003, where he spent that first season competing on the scout team. He stepped into the starting lineup at center the following year and did a stellar job of making the blocking calls. The Irish averaged 477.3 yards per game in total offense in 2005, as their center was named Connecticut College Player of the Year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He started eight games that season, paving the way for the offense to average 477.3 yards per game, as part of an offensive line that allowed only 21 quarterback sacks.

In 2006, Sullivan started all 13 games in the pivot, as he was part of a Notre Dame offense that not only eclipsed 30 points in eight games, but also surpassed 400 total yards six times. He cleared the way for tailback Darius Walker, who became the fourth player in school history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Sullivan started the first ten games of the 2007 campaign.

CAREER NOTES

Sullivan started 43 games on the Irish offensive line, seeing a string of 31 consecutive starts snapped as a senior.

2007 SEASON

A consensus preseason All-American selection, Sullivan was a member of the watch lists for the Outland Trophy, Rimington Award and Lombardi Award…The offense struggled most of the season, as three players started at quarterback for the Irish and the result was the unit averaging just 242.2 yards per game in total offense, compared to 389.8 yards in 2006…The offensive line also struggled, allowing 58 sacks after giving up 31 in 2006 and 21 in 2005… Started the first ten games, but suffered a right knee sprain that would force him to sit out the final two contests vs. Duke and Stanford…Served as one of three offensive team captains.

2006 SEASON

Named to the Rimington Award and Outland Trophy watch list...Started all 13 games at center, delivering 54 knockdowns with seven touchdown-resulting blocks…Served on the team's leadership committee, calling all the blocking assignments, as the offense averaged 389.8 yards per game…The offensive line allowed 31 quarterback sacks for losses totaling 216 yards.

2005 SEASON

Named the 2005 Connecticut College Player of the Year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation…Started the team's final eight games at center, seeing limited action during the team's first four games (vs. Pittsburgh, Michigan, Michigan State and Washington) due to a right shoulder strain that he suffered in preseason camp…Helped the team average 477.3 yards per game in total offense and was part of a line that allowed only 21 sacks for minus 135 yards.

2004 SEASON

Sullivan took over starting duties at center, appearing in all twelve games...Was a major factor in Notre Dame's ability to rush for 195 yards vs. top-ranked USC, the most rushing yards allowed by the Trojans in two years...Was a key member of an offensive line that paved the way for the Irish to rush for 204 yards vs. Navy...Helped protect Brady Quinn as he threw for four touchdowns vs. Washington...Opened the way for Darius Walker to rush for 115 yards vs. Michigan.

2003 SEASON

Did not see any playing time as a rookie center...Was a scout team standout playing vs. the likes of former Irish stars Darrell Campbell and Cedric Hilliard.

CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS

5.23 in the 40-yard dash…350-pound bench press…600-pound squat…340-pound power clean…32.5-inch vertical jump…31 1/8-inch arm length…9 ¾-inch hands.

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Greenwich (Ct.) High School, playing football for head coach Rich Albonizio… Parade and Super Prep All-American first-team selection, adding USA Today and ESPN second-team honors as a senior…The Gatorade Player of the Year in Connecticut was rated 61st on the ESPN list of the nation's top 100 prep players and rated 14th among offensive linemen nationally by CBSSportsLine.com…Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio…A starter at center the final three seasons, Sullivan also played nose guard on defense…Named offensive MVP by the Connecticut Post, as he helped lead his team to a 12-1-1 mark in 2002, including a league title and a spot in the Connecticut Class LL title game…That year, he recorded 20 tackles for loss and 12 sacks…Also lettered in wrestling, achieving a 138-6 record in the heavyweight division… Went on to win the state championship as a sophomore, junior and senior…Finished seventh and earned All-American honors at the 2003 national wrestling meet…Standout water polo player who lettered on the school's rugby team…From the same high school that produced former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young.

PERSONAL

Currently enrolled in graduate studies…Graduated in May 2007 from the Mendoza College of Business, with a degree in Marketing...Earned a 3.500 grade-point average in the 2007 spring semester…Brother, Rick, played rugby at Indiana University…Born 8/08/85 in Mount Kisco, New York…Resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.


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