Rayams Brothers connect ND, Bama

January, 1, 2013
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Hardy Rayam was a defensive lineman on Notre Dame's 1977 national title team, graduating from the Mendoza School of Business in 1980.

Ten years later, his brother, Thomas, graduated from Alabama after starting for the Tide for three years. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins and eventually played for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The siblings are believed to be the only pair of brothers to have played for both the Irish and the Tide, making for an interesting dynamic come Monday's Discover BCS National Championship.

From Hardy Rayam, which was sent through Notre Dame:
My brother-Thomas Rayam Bama 90' and I-Hardy Rayam Notre Dame 80' are the only two brother combination that played for both Notre Dame and Alabama. And, as you know ND and Bama will play for the BCS National Championship in Miami January 7th 2013. Ironically, some local people don't understand why some national news source have not given this article some attention. Hardy Rayam, graduated from Notre Dame 1980' BBA (Mendoza School of Business #1 in the nation). Hardy was on Notre Dame's 1977 Football National Championship Team. Hardy Rayam is also a Two Times Liver Transplant Survivor, since 1997 (PSC-Walter Payton).Hardy is a retired Engineering Administrator-Lockheed-Martin. Hardy is married to Cheryl Rayam for thirty-one years and they have two children, Courtney and Calan. Hardy has had two daughters who graduated from Notre Dame, Courtney-ND 2007’and Helena-ND 2003’. And the third daughter-Calan will attend Notre Dame for Graduate School. Hardy and his family resides in Orlando Florida.

Hardy’s youngest brother - Thomas Rayam Alabama 90’ was a three year starter, and drafted by the Washington Red Skins in 1990. Then he played for the Cincinnati Bengals. Thomas was responsible for a field goal block punt against Penn State in 1989, that preserved Bama's undefeated season, thus far- "An Alabama's Historical Moment-"The Desperation Block". Thomas Rayam is a Pharmaceutical Representative, Married to Elaine 17 years, and they have three children-Thomas Jr.(T.J.),Madison and Jalen. And Thomas has another son Brandon. Thomas and his family resides in Alabaster (Birmingham) Alabama. Thomas's son T.J. Rayam (9th grade 6'3 250) is a Defensive Lineman-Starter for Thompson High School in Alabaster Alabama. T.J. is the Wrestling Champion for the State of Alabama's in his class/division and he is also listed as the number two wrestler in the Nation.

Matt Fortuna | email

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