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Walsh puts on ‘Football 101’

Justin Tardiff | Friday, September 14, 2007

For five years, Walsh Hall’s “Football 101” has explained the rules of football and Notre Dame traditions to a crowd of mostly freshmen and transfer students.

But some students may come just for the chance to catch an up-close glimpse of football players.

Quarterback Evan Sharpley, cornerback Terrail Lambert and defensive safety David Bruton arrived after practice Thursday night ready to answer all the questions the women of Walsh Hall and their guests threw at them on South Quad.

Sharpley, a junior who lives in Dillon Hall, said his reasons for coming to Notre Dame had a lot to do with sports. In addition to football, he said he is an avid baseball player.

Sharpley said the celebrity he relates to most is Channing Tatum. He admitted that he’s seen Tatum’s movie, “Step Up,” several times.

Lambert, who lives in Sorin, said his main focus on the field is making the opposing receiver’s life difficult. He said he practices five to six hours a day, which includes watching the game film.

Before answering questions, Bruton sang a song from New Edition, his favorite boy band. He said the celebrity he relates to the most is Chris Rock.

Junior Vanessa Viloria said the best part of the event was the football players.

“Their singing was quite entertaining,” she said.

Chuck Lennon, executive director of the Alumni Association, kicked off “Football 101” by quizzing the crowd about Notre Dame football trivia. He talked about the Grotto and the significance of the teams’ golden helmets and blue and gold colors.

Lennon explained how the helmets will always remain gold due to the significance of the Golden Dome. He said the color yellow stands for truth and blue for faith.

Lennon reminded the audience that “every game is the big game” and that all students are recruited into Charlie’s Army.

“We never give up, we never give in,” Lennon said.

Lennon said the stadium crowd is the twelfth man on the field at a football game.

“The team hears you when you are in the stands, they hear you when you do cheer, and they hear you when you don’t,” Lennon said.