Gonzaga alumni and current NFL players Kevin Hogan ’11 (2nd from left), A.J. Francis ’08 (3rd from left), Johnson Bademosi ’08 (right), and Cam Johnson ’08 (2nd from right) all returned to Eye Street on Saturday, November 12th, for the Eagles’ WCAC playoff game against St. John’s. The four served as honorary team captains and joined Gonzaga President Rev. Stephen Planning, SJ (left), and Athletic Director Joe Reyda ’85 (third from right) on Buchanan Field for the coin toss and singing of the National Anthem prior to the game.
WATCH VIDEO OF THE COIN TOSS & NATIONAL ANTHEM HERE:
How did all four Gonzaga Alumni playing in the NFL get back to Eye Street on the same day? Hogan is a backup quarterback for the Cleveland Browns; Francis is a reserve defensive lineman for the Washington Redskins; Bademosi is a starting cornerback for the Detroit Lions; and Johnson is a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. The idea came about when Coach Reyda realized that the NFL schedule and the stars were possibly aligned for all four greats to be available and in the area.
- Cleveland played at Baltimore on Thursday, 11/10
- Washington was scheduled to play at home vs Minnesota on Sunday, 11/13
- and Detroit was on their Bye Week
The Eagle football team, fans, and entire community were honored to have them back.
Francis tweeted after the game about the Gonzaga Brotherhood:
#HailGonzaga #EaglesFlyHigh #AMDG