Sep 28, 2015, 12:12 PM EDT
May I have your attention please: Remember, the automobile replaced the horse, but the driver should stay on the wagon.
And with that, Sgt. Tim McCarthy, an honorary Monogram recipient, officially concluded his 55-year run of delivering humorous public safety messages at Notre Dame football games.
Saturday’s announcement stirred the Fighting Irish faithful, who already knew their football team was moving to 4-0 after leading UMass 55-20 at the end of the third quarter.
McCarthy had been announcing his puns for several years by the time a wide receiver from Baltimore named Thom Gatewood (’72) joined the Fighting Irish squad. Gatewood would go on to become a two-time All-American and two-time Academic All-American while wearing the blue and gold.
In January, it was announced that Gatewood had been selected to the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Gatewood returned to campus this past weekend to be honored for his most recent accomplishment. His packed itinerary included addressing the crowd at Friday’s pep rally, a reception dinner that evening and he was formally recognized at halftime of Saturday’s game.
Gatewood wasn’t the only distinguished Monogram winner to be honored over the weekend. Former Fighting Irish and U.S. Women’s National Team great Shannon Boxx (‘99) was lauded for helping the United States win the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer. She presented the national colors prior to Saturday’s game.
Among other stops during her weekend in South Bend, Boxx, a member of Notre Dame’s 1995 national championship squad, spent time on Friday talking and giving advice to current Fighting Irish student-athletes. She also was honored at Sunday’s women’s soccer game.
The Monogram Club was proud to host the pre-game tunnel for all Monogram winners prior to Saturday’s victory over the Minutemen. We’d like to think our early encouragement contributed to the biggest offensive output for the Irish in nearly 20 years!!
The Club enjoyed another well-attended pre-game reception in the Monogram Room. Fighting Irish baseball coach Mik Aoki was the featured speaker and he thanked the Club for all they do to support current and former Notre Dame student-athletes.
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