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Monogram Club Turns 100: Football

Nov 6, 2015, 12:12 PM EST

Nicky Baratti, Reggie Brooks, Romeo Okwara and Keivarae Russell (left to right).

A CENTURY OF COMMITMENT TO NOTRE DAME (video)

As part of the Monogram Club’s ongoing 100th anniversary celebration, some of the Club’s many connections to each Notre Dame program have been highlighted. This latest installment of the “Monogram Club Turns 100” series explores the deep ties between the Monogram Club and the Fighting Irish football program.

Football’s Monogram Moments

The Monogram Club was founded in 1916 by head football coach Jesse Harper and assistant coach Knute Rockne.

The Monogram Club was founded in 1916 by head football coach Jesse Harper (left) and assistant coach Knute Rockne (right).

Forty-five Monogram Club presidents have been football Monogram winners. Joe Restic ‘79 was the most recent as he served as Club president from 2009-11.

Forty-five Monogram Club presidents have been football Monogram winners. Joe Restic ‘79 was the most recent as he served as Club president from 2009-11.

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Mike Heaton ’68 (left) was Monogram Club president from 1999-2001 and he was followed by Jim Carroll ’65 (right), who served from 2001-03.

In 2007, Jerome Bettis became the 14th football Monogram winner to receive the Club’s highest honor, the Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award.

In 2007, Jerome Bettis became the 14th football Monogram winner to receive the Club’s highest honor, the Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award.

Father Jim Riehle ‘49, the Monogram Club’s executive director from 1978-2002, was the longtime chaplain for the Fighting Irish football team.

Father Jim Riehle ‘49, the Monogram Club’s executive director from 1978-2002, was the longtime chaplain for the Fighting Irish football team.

Marc Edwards ‘97 (left) and Chinedum Ndukwe ’07 (center) currently serve on the Monogram Club Board of Directors, while Mike Frantz ’73 (right) is the Club’s secretary.

Marc Edwards ‘97 (left) and Chinedum Ndukwe ’07 (center) currently are Monogram Club directors and Mike Frantz ’73 (right) is the Club’s secretary.

Byron Spruell ’87, ‘89 (left) and Kevin McShane ‘90 (middle) are Monogram Club advisors. They are seen here during a Monogram Career Network (MCN) event last spring at Notre Dame Stadium. Spruell is a co-founder of MCN.

Byron Spruell ’87, ‘89 (left) and Kevin McShane ‘90 (middle) are Monogram Club advisors. They are seen here during a Monogram Career Network (MCN) event last spring at Notre Dame Stadium. Spruell is a co-founder of MCN.

In June, Monogram winners Steve Beuerlein ‘87, Tim Brown ‘88, Marc Edwards ‘97, John Carlson ‘07 and Manti Te’o ‘13 took part in a Monogram Career Network event with the current Notre Dame football squad.

In June, Monogram winners Steve Beuerlein ‘87, Tim Brown ‘88, Marc Edwards ‘97, John Carlson ‘07 and Manti Te’o ‘13 took part in a Monogram Career Network event with the current Notre Dame football team.

Notre Dame athletics and the Monogram Club routinely hosts accomplished Fighting Irish teams and individuals. In 2013, the 1988 national championship squad was welcomed back for its 25-year reunion (pictured).

Notre Dame athletics and the Monogram Club routinely host accomplished Fighting Irish teams and individuals. In 2013, the 1988 national championship squad was welcomed back for its 25-year reunion (pictured).

Thomas Bemenderfer ’09 received the Monogram Club Postgraduate Scholarship in 2009, which was the first year the scholarships were awarded.

Thomas Bemenderfer ’09 received the Monogram Club Postgraduate Scholarship in 2009, which was the first year the scholarships were awarded.

Kona Schwenke, Justin Utupo and Louis Nix on graduation day in 2014. That was the year the Club introduced commencement stoles to recognize graduating Monogram winners.

Kona Schwenke, Justin Utupo and Louis Nix (left to right) on graduation day in 2014. That was the year the Club introduced commencement stoles to recognize graduating Monogram winners.

Former Irish All-American and current Monogram Club staff member Reggie Brooks ‘93 with current Jacksonville Jaguar Ben Koyack ’15 at last spring’s Fourth Quarter Farewell. The Club hosts the event for graduating student-athletes, their families and coaches the Saturday prior to commencement.

Former Irish All-American and current Monogram Club staff member Reggie Brooks ‘93 with current Jacksonville Jaguar Ben Koyack ’15 at last spring’s Fourth Quarter Farewell. The Club hosts the event for graduating Monogram winners, their families and coaches the Saturday before commencement.

For one game each season football/senior football managers form the pre-game and welcome the current Fighting Irish squad onto the field.

For one game each season football/senior football manager Monogram Club members form the pre-game tunnel and welcome the current Fighting Irish squad onto the field.

The Schivarelli Players’ Lounge reception at Notre Dame Stadium is the place to be for football/senior football manager Monogram Club members the Friday night before home football games.

The Schivarelli Players’ Lounge reception at Notre Dame Stadium is the place to be for football/senior football manager Monogram Club members the Friday night before home football games.

In 2013 Brian Kelly became the latest Fighting Irish head football coach to become an honorary Monogram recipient.

In 2013, Brian Kelly became the latest Fighting Irish head football coach to become an honorary Monogram recipient.

Mike McGlinchey ’17 gave the student-athlete speech at last spring’s letter jacket ceremony.

Mike McGlinchey ’17 gave the student-athlete speech at last spring’s letter jacket ceremony.

The football team’s most recent group of first-time Monogram winners received their jackets last spring.

The football team’s most recent group of first-time Monogram winners received their jackets last spring.

Former Fighting Irish standout and NFL veteran Lake Dawson ‘94 spoke at the Club’s 2013 spring letter jacket ceremony.

Former Fighting Irish standout and NFL veteran Lake Dawson ‘94 spoke at the Club’s 2013 spring letter jacket ceremony.

Former Irish great and current Minnesota Viking Kyle Rudolph was the keynote speaker at the Monogram Club’s Blue-Gold Football Dinner in April of 2013.

Former Irish great and current Minnesota Viking Kyle Rudolph was the keynote speaker at the Monogram Club’s Blue-Gold Football Dinner in April of 2013.

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