It’s a question I get asked rather frequently: “Hey man, why are you a Notre Dame fan?”
And the truth is I don’t really have a great answer. I wasn’t born into Fighting Irish fandom. I’m not tied the Gold and Blue by anything familial, regional, or religious in nature. The best I can offer is that in a former like, I might have been Rudy. Not, not this Rudy (more on her in a bit.) This Rudy.
I can trace my love for all things Gipper back to the Fall of 1988. I was 10, the Irish were #1, and if I wasn’t a full-fledged “Domer” quite yet, any doubt would officially be erased, on January 2nd.