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Echoes from the Endzone – The Men We Became

Lisa Kelly

Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-145752-116-4
List Price: 19.95
Category: Autobiography & Biography
Available: July 2013
Edition: Perfectbound

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The Notre Dame Student-Athlete: Sports fans may have an idea of what it takes to play football at a Division I college: the training, the discipline, the pain, the motivation. But most of us have no idea what it takes to be a successful student-athlete at a top academic institution such as Notre Dame.
Being a successful student-athlete at the University of Notre Dame requires more effort than working two full-time jobs: one needs dedication, determination, and a drive to succeed – to be the best both physically and mentally – and to learn and achieve despite the pain, despite the disappointments, and without letting the successes – both on and off the field – inflate your ego.
Echoes From The End Zone: The Men We Became tells the story of 25 former Notre Dame football players:
• the lessons they learned in college, and how those lessons changed their lives: The Notre Dame Value Stream
• their years at Notre Dame
• the end of their football careers
• the new careers and dreams they followed
“My friend and classmate, Lisa Kelly, has done an unbelievable job tracking down some of Notre Dame’s greatest characters. Her ability to compile their stories and memories is an accomplishment to be very proud of and celebrated. This is a must read for the Fighting Irish faithful. Well done, LK. Go Irish!” – Rick Mirer
“The men featured in this book are special individuals and represent all that is great about Notre Dame. These men are significant and they have strived each day to make an impact and difference in all things that they touch. They were and as far as I’m concerned remain Notre Dame student-athletes and I’m proud to have been a part of their lives. Lisa, thank you for your work and sharing with the Notre Dame Family what you so appropriately have named, “Echoes From The End Zone: The Men We Became.” -Lou Holtz

Lisa Kelly had no choice but to love Notre Dame football. Her Dad is ND class of 65, and ever since she can remember Notre Dame football has been an integral part of her life. She learned her first colorful word at the tender age of three during the Notre Dame – USC game on a Thanksgiving weekend spent at her grandparents’ house. She and her family made annual pilgrimages from their California home to Notre Dame for football weekends with her dad’s college roommate and his family. Lisa followed in her father’s footsteps to Notre Dame class of 93, and made sure she took advantageof all that is great about Notre Dame from the classroom to the football weekends to dorm life. Most importantly she left armed with the tools needed to engage the world, living what she so aptly calls the Notre Dame Value Stream.
In 2011 Lisa was contacted via Twitter by an advertising agency that was promoting a contest sponsored by Volvo and the Big East Conference to determine the “Biggest Fan of the Big East Conference.” She was selected (along with 15 other alumni writers representing the 16 schools in the Big East Conference) to compete for the title of Biggest Fan. Basketball was not really her forte, but Lisa found the rights words and was crowned the “Biggest Fan of the Big East Conference.” She never expected to win this contest, but for Lisa losing is not in her vocabulary.
In Lisa’s experience people are quick to find the shortcomings of Notre Dame and she wanted to do something to showcase all that is great within Our Lady’s University. And that is how this book took shape. Her first interview was with former tight end Oscar McBride. In that interview she discovered how Notre Dame helped shape him into the man he is today. This was the beginning of something special. One interview led to another and it was clear that a theme was emerging. Even though Lisa and these former players all came to Notre Dame from vastly different backgrounds, they all had similar experiences and each credited their time at Notre Dame and the Notre Dame Value Stream with playing a huge role in molding them into the people they are today.
Lisa knows there are so many of these stories yet to be told and she hopes that you enjoy her journey through the lives of these Loyal Sons of Our Lady’s University. This book only touches the surface: Lisa looks forward to continuing the journey and sharing more remarkable stories of Her Loyal Sons … and maybe some of Her Loyal Daughters, too!