Explorers in the Pros

Craig Hentrich - Class of '89

Craig Hentrich from MarquetteCraig Hentrich is a 1989 graduate who in his time at Marquette was named a consensus All American by all national publications covering high school football, including Parade Magazine and USA Today. During his Senior year at MCHS, he was the most highly recruited kicker and punter in the country and had scholarships offers from all major football programs. Craig went on to a prolific career at the University of Notre Dame, where he was the first kicker offered a full scholarship. While at Notre Dame Hentrich finished his career with a school-record 44.1-yard punting average and had 39 career field goals (on 56 attempts) to rank second behind John Carney’s 51. Also, he finished his career ranked second on the school's all-time scoring list with 294 points, the most ever by an Irish kicker, and made a record 98.3 percent (177/180) of his PAT attempts. He was drafted in the National Football League's (NFL) eighth round by the New York Jets in 1993 but eventually signed with the Green Bay Packers.  Hentrich went on to play in 3 Super Bowls and became a Super Bowl Champion with the Packers victory over the New England Patriots in 1996. He went on to sign with the Tennessee Titans in 1998 where he played in another Super Bowl game against the St. Louis Rams in 1999.  Hentrich eventually retired from the NFL with after the Titans 2009 season, his 17th in the NFL.  On September 3, 2016, Marquette retired Hentrich's jersey in a celebration ceremony at a home football game attended by many of his teammates, classmates, family, friends and fans. Read more...

2009 VIDEO of Hentrich retirement ceremony with the Tennessee Titans -- click here

2015 VIDEO of Hentrich interview about his career with the Green Bay Packers -- click here

Michael Ford - Class of '13


Alexis Silkwood - Class of '13




Shane Smith - Class of '08

Pro Athlete Shane Smith from MarquetteShane Smith is a 2008 Marquette grad. In his time at Marquette, he earned first team All-Conference honors in 2006 and 2007 for the South Central Conference. He placed 5th in the IHSA State Finals in 2006 and 11th in 2007. He went on to become an NJCAA All American at Lewis and Clark and a CCIW All-Conference selection at Illinois Wesleyan University in 2011 and 2012. He is the only three-time winner of the Alton Gold Medal Tournament (2010, 2011 and 2012) and the Greater Godfrey Open Tournament in 2007 and 2012.  In 2012 Shane qualified and made the cut in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and spent a year playing in the Asian Development Tour. Smith has two career professional victories, both on the Arizona based Gateway Tour. Read More...


Mary Ellen Jacobs - Class of '03

Pro Athlete Mary Ellen Jacobs from Marquette


Matt Smith - Class of '96

Pro Athlete Matt Smith from Marquette


Chris Erwin - Class of '94

Pro Athlete Chris Erwin from Marquette


Tom Roth - Class of '85

Tom Roth, New Orleans Saints and Oakland RaidersRoth was a standout lineman at Marquette and attended SIU-Carbondale on a full scholarship. The offensive guard played four years for the Salukis (1988-91). He was a second-team all-conference pick in 1991. He went on to be a 12th round draft pick of the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders and later played for the New Orleans Saints. He is currently a Vice Principal at Jersey Community High School in Jerseyville, IL.




John "Jack" Fallon - Class of 1944

Jack Fallon Jack Fallon was a Captain of the Marquette football team and a three year letter winner before taking his skills to the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame Fallon won the University's Heavyweight Boxing Championship. As a member of the Irish football team, he played for legendary Coach Frank Leahy who was a teammate of Marquette Coach Joe Stephan when they both played at Notre Dame for Knute Rockne. Fallon played for the Irish when they won back to back National Championships in 1946 and 1947 and was a starter on their 1948 team. Fallon would go on to be drafted in the 17th round of the 1948 draft by the Chicago Bears.  Read more...