Updated: Apr 23, 2022
I've been in South Bend for about 3 months now, and I am still in awe of the majesty of Notre Dame. A storied football program, the Fighting Irish football family is vast and complex. I have the privilege of donning the same uniform as Joe Montana, Jerome Bettis, and Alan Page.
This weekend, I played in the 91st Blue and Gold game as a starting corner. My family traveled from California to watch me play. Jerome "The Bus" Bettis handed me my official Gold Team jersey during the draft. And here I am now, in awe. I'm a man who loves football. I love the competition. I love the sights and sounds of a game. I love the plays. I love the fans. I love everything about this sport that I have dedicated my life to.
For the past several weeks, I have been on a mission to get better at everything that I do, on and off the field. I have been laser focused. No days off for me. I go 100% in every practice, every meeting, every class. Spring ball at Notre Dame has taught me three things:
You will have good and bad days
The work you put in will never go unnoticed
It struck me midway through the first quarter. I looked over the expanse of the field and I realized that there is nothing that I can't accomplish. I can achieve each and every goal that I set for myself and the impossible is where my journey begins! Where will you begin? My challenge for you is to step out on faith and do the very thing that scares you the most. Be bold and fearless. Practice like your life depends on it...because it does. Fight for what you want and never settle for less than your very best. Yes, you will have good days and bad days. Your challenges will feel insurmountable, and sometimes, it will feel like no one is watching. Rest assured, you will win gold as long as you stay in the game. And when you do, stand proud and tall knowing that you are on your way to the fullness of God's greatness for you! #21