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Published on Jul 31, 2009
When the Notre Dame football team traveled to Washington in 2005, most Irish fans were focused on the meeting between then first-year coach Charlie Weis and the previous coach of the team, Tyrone Willingham.
The Notre Dame football team, however, was thinking about much more than a coach-against-coach matchup. They were focused on a promise their head coach had made earlier in the week.
Washington received the kickoff and marched down field, all the way to Notre Dame's one-yard line before Chindeum Ndukwe forced a fumble and recovered the ball. Pinned deep in their own territory, the Irish ran a bootleg-type pass to the right, as Brady Quinn hit Anthony Fasano for a 13-yard gain.
It seemed like a gutsy play call to get the Irish out of trouble in their own territory. We all learned the next day that the play meant a lot more - especially to a grieving family in South Bend, Indiana.