Leigh Bodden on Sunday Night Football

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Tonight at 8:15 p.m. EST the New England Patriots take on the Indianapolis Colts in the controlled atmosphere of the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indiana. One of the Pats' cornerbacks is Duquesne alum Leigh Bodden. Bodden, who was one of three Dukes inducted into the DU Sports Hall of Fame last month, will have the opportunity to introduce himself to a national NBC audience.

In addition to national broadcast television coverage, tonight's game is available online at NFL.com or NBC.com.

Leigh Bodden, who is in his seventh NFL season, is the first Duquesne athlete to play in the NFL since Al Demao who played for the Washington Redskins from 1945-53.

During his collegiate career, the Washington, D.C. area native was a two-time consensus First Team All-American (2001-02), leading the Dukes to four consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League titles (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002). The 2002 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year finished his career as the holder of every Duquesne interception record with all 28 of his picks coming in his last 36 regular season games.

Bodden signed a free agent contract this March with the New England Patriots after playing with the winless Detroit Lions last season. His NFL career started when the non-drafted rookie made the Cleveland Browns 2003 opening day roster.

Bodden made a name for himself on special teams and eventually secured a starting slot at right cornerback.

This season, Bodden has 31 tackles, he prevented seven passes from being completions, and has one interception. His career numbers are 321 tackles, 59 passes defended and 14 interceptions.

The other 2009 Duquesne Hall of Fame inductees are basketball's Candace Futrell and soccer's Damien Pottinger who also played professionally after leaving the Bluff.

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