Vikings lead NFL with 5 players from Notre Dame

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Notre Dame is one of the few college football teams that truly can boast a national following.

There's even an alumni chapter in the Minnesota Vikings locker room. There are currently 26 former Fighting Irish on active rosters around the NFL, and the Vikings have the most of any team with five.

After drafting center John Sullivan in 2008, the Vikings took tight end Kyle Rudolph in 2011. This year, they selected safety Harrison Smith and safety Robert Blanton. They also signed tight end John Carlson as a free agent.

With the Irish set to play for the national championship, there's no doubt which school colors have been the brightest around the Vikings this season.

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