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After Kansas City's Thursday Night Football victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, Chiefs rookie and 2012 Bushnell Cup winner Mike Catapano '13 talked about the victory, his first months in the NFL and similarities between this season and his senior year at Princeton. He also shared a message with his former teammates prior to their 2013 season opener.
Catapano has seen time on both special teams and certain defensive packages so far for the Chiefs, the early story of the NFL season. After winning only two games all of last season, Kansas City is already 3-0 in 2013.
Catapano was the 13th player from Princeton to ever get drafted, although the 10th in the modern era (post-merge), and the first since Dennis Norman was selected by Seattle in 2001. Since the modern era, only two Princeton players have been drafted before him: Jon Schultheis (Philadelphia, 1983, 182nd pick) and Bob Hews (Kansas City, 1970, 156th pick).
Catapano, the first pick of the seventh round, earned unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team, and he ended his career as a three-time All-Ivy honoree. He led the Ivy League with 12 sacks and ended the regular season ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision with 1.2 sacks per game. He ranked second in the Ivy League in tackles for loss with 15.5, which was only a half tackle off the League lead, and ranked ninth nationally in that category. The two-year co-captain ended the season with 41 tackles, and he had five games with at least two tackles for loss, as well as five games with at least five tackles.