Former Notre Dame Fighting Irish player Brandon Aubrey is having a heck of a rookie season in the NFL as he’s one kick away from owning a record by himself.
The NFL is littered with former Notre Dame Fighting Irish players who are making a name for themselves at the next level. However, while there are plenty of former Fighting Irish stars in the pros, there is currently only one who is just one kick away from own and NFL record.
Enter Brandon Aubrey, a rookie kicker who joined the Dallas Cowboys this year by way of the USFL Birmingham Stallions. After a successful campaign in the other professional league, that ended with a championship, Aubrey made his way to the Cowboys and hasn’t looked back.
After kicking and making two field goals this past Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, the ex-Notre Dame Fighting Irish player tied and NFL record. He is just one field goal away from breaking it.
Aubrey has hit 18 straight field goals to open the season. If he hits a 19th without a miss next week, the record will be all his. The kicks have not all been gimmes either.
Against the Rams, he did have one chipshot 27-yarder, but he also booted a 58-yard bomb. In all, he’s 3-for-3 from beyond 50 yards, so the Cowboys are clearly making him work for that NFL record.
Former Notre Dame Fighting Irish star going for the record
One of the weirder quirks of what Aubrey has done this year is that while he’s perfect from long range, he does actually have a missed extra point. However, it’s a safe bet that the ex-Notre Dame Fighting Irish star has gotten a pass because of what he’s done outside of that kick.
His 18-for-18 is even more impressive when you consider that he went 14-for-15 in the USFL, meaning he’s 32-for-his-last-33 at the professional level.
Here’s the kicker to this kicker’s story. While Aubrey is a former Notre Dame Fighting Irish star, he didn’t shine in football. At least not the American version. When he was on the field in South Bend, it was as a soccer star. He never played football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
It wasn’t until 2022 with the Stallions that the former soccer player decided he should give placekicking a shot. And the rest is about to be NFL history.