Notre Dame sent out a suspicious tweet this morning asking what would make their players act like a bunch of high schoolers at a pep rally. Two hours later, a video was tweeted of Josh Anderson modeling the Notre Dame alternate jerseys.
— Ryan Grooms (@NDFBEquipment) August 13, 2015
Would Anderson modeling the alternates really get the team that excited? We know better now.
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 13, 2015
Head coach Brian Kelly had this to say about the moment after practice:
“[Anderson is] a senior for us that has done everything we’ve asked over the last five years. He’s taken more hits than any one of our backs. He’s a scout-team player. He’s done everything. He’s a great student. Well-respected by all of his teammates and we had an available scholarship and as a senior he deserved it so I brought him out to announce the Under Armour uniforms and I had him instead of the big mannequin, I had him dressed in the Under Armour uniform. He didn’t know he was getting a scholarship. So the guys were pretty charged up. He had the Under Armour — I said: You know, this is a great model. Matter of fact, he’s such a great model — I said, Josh, take your helmet off — he models everything that I think is right about a Notre Dame football player. At that time I announced he was gonna get a scholarship, and the guys were excited. It was a good moment.”
It’s nice to see teams rewarding years of hard work and dedication. Especially when it’s so rare to see teams recognize walk-ons.