Jun 7, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT
The big day has arrived. The 2013 Notre Dame Football Fantasy Camp squads will take the gridiron in the hallowed House That Rockne Built this afternoon. The guys will run out of the tunnel and hear their named called over the stadium speakers. They’ll dress in the same locker room and stand on the same sideline as generations of greats from throughout Notre Dame’s storied football past.
The level of play will certainly be a far cry from what we see on that same field on Saturdays in the fall, but I sense that the participants will be just as passionate about donning the gold helmet. Though I was around for camp last year, I was unable to attend the game, so I’m excited to check it out later today.
In addition to the football alums we’ve mentioned in previous Fantasy Camp blog posts (here, here and here), several other Monogram winners have returned to campus to assist with the camp as guest coaches, including Allen Pinkett (’86), Oliver Gibson (’94), Mark Green (’89, ’06), Pat Terrell (’90), Tony Fisher (’02), Lee Becton (’95), Steve Beuerlein (’87) and Rocket Ismail (’94).
During yesterday’s afternoon practice, Manager of Monogram/Football Alumni Relations Reggie Brooks (’93) caught up with a few old teammates and emceed three match-ups in our “Then vs. Now” series that we have been doing throughout the week.
First up was Gibson, a former defensive tackle, against graduate student offensive tackle Zack Martin (’13). Watch as O.G. takes a few jabs at all the nice amenities that Zack and the rest of the Irish have today.
Following the battle on the line, senior wide receiver T.J. Jones went up against Terrell, a receiver turned defensive back who made the famous game-saving pass break-up against Miami in 1988. Like Oliver, Pat didn’t hesitate to give T.J. a hard time about technology and how the game has changed since his playing days.
Finally, a battle of one hard-hitting #44 versus another, as fullback Marc Edwards (’97) and graduate student linebacker Carlo Calabrese (’13) talked about how they would match up.
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