Linked Up: To All Our Wonderful Alumni In The NFL

Cary Emondson-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Miami alum Ben Roethlisberger and four wide receivers had outstanding days in the pro ranks.

If you were curious, our fantasy MAC team beat the Mountain West/WAC team by a comfortable margin. And as part of SB Nation United, we'd like to look at the top five performers on the team and spread some link love around on our grand alumni...

1. BEN ROETHLISBERGER — 36-for-49, 384 yards, four touchdowns. For MAC fans, the Findlay Field General is truly the gold standard of MAC quarterbacks, both when he played for Miami and now with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now he's closing in on another record. After throwing four TD on Sunday — a rarity for him — in a loss to the Raiders he's on pace to break his own franchise record of 32 passing TDs in a season. This year, he's on pace for 42. [Behind The Steel Curtain]

2. ANDREW HAWKINS — 2 catches, 66 yards and a touchdown, plus two rushes for 16 yards. It doesn't matter how much he emerges as a deep threat for the Cincinnati Bengals, which is totally true. He'll always be the guy who introduced us to "Canadian is sh*tty for funny," describing our website. But he also caught a 59-yard touchdown in the Bengals' victory over the Redskins. They have to be tickled at his production. [Cincy Jungle]

3. MICHAEL TURNER — 14 carries, 80 yards and a touchdown. T'was a nice day for the ex-NIU and current Atlanta Falcons running back against his former team, the Chargers. He enjoyed playing in San Diego, and more importantly, he's owned up to his recent DUI charge, something that you have continually work toward fixing. [SBN Atlanta]

4. ANTONIO BROWN — 7 catches, 87 yards, a touchdown and a fumble. Brown also remains a special teamer for them, returning punts, but he's developed into the Steelers second-best receiver as well. Always seeing a Miami man throw to a CMU player is kind of silly, but at least it's not Charlie Batch throwing to him, I suppose. And unfortunately, his fumble was in a key moment in the fourth quarter ... although when is a fumble never inopportune? [Behind the Steel Curtain]

5. LANCE MOORE — 4 catches, 70 yards and a touchdown. The ex-Toledo receiver is also stepping up big for the New Orleans Saints, even if their record is a depressing 0-3. But even in a loss to the Chiefs, Moore was considered the Player of the Game by our Saints blog. [Canal Street Chronicles]

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