Down and Distance Season 2 EP 20: Golden Opportunities (2nd Down)

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Steve Elmer spent this past summer interning for Michigan Congressman John Moolenaar (right). Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Kelly appears on the left.

Welcome everybody to Down and Distance, where two dads talk sports, life and parenting. Jarrett Payton and Shaun Davis discuss the trending topics in sports and share parenting lessons from their everyday lives.

Notre Dame offensive guard, Steve Elmer, was about to enter his senior season as a very good lineman and leader.  Shockingly on Monday, he made a decision to forgo his final season of eligibility at Notre Dame. So, he’s entering the NFL Draft, right? Not so fast.  Steve Elmer has decided to begin a career away from the gridiron.

Below is a portion of Steve Elmer’s letter to the Notre Dame family:

Let’s get the hard part out of the way first: I am writing to inform you that I have decided to forgo my final season of athletic eligibility at the University of Notre Dame, and I have no interest in pursuing a spot on an NFL roster.

Now I know that for many of you reading this letter, this situation may sound a little crazy. After all, it’s not every day that you hear about a Notre Dame starter, about to enter his final season, stepping away willingly from this most-revered game. There must be something wrong. Actually, everything is great.

I have no problems with the coaching staff, no academic issues, and no violations of team rules that normally come along with a statement like this. My reasons for cutting my playing career short have nothing to do with any negative experiences at Notre Dame; in fact, I would consider my commitment to this exceptional University the best decision I have ever made. Playing football here was a huge challenge, but I wouldn’t trade the experience of doing battle out there on that field with my brothers for anything.

While playing football for Notre Dame has been nothing short of an honor, I have been presented with an incredible opportunity to pursue a career doing something in which I have great interest, and at a great company to boot. The experience of balancing Notre Dame’s academic rigors with my football commitments has given me a great foundation for my next endeavor. I will graduate from Notre Dame this May and start my professional journey this summer in the Washington, D.C. area.

CSN Chicago Notre Dame football insider, J.J. Stankevitz, joined Jarrett and Shaun to discuss Steve Elmer’s decision and how it impact Notre Dame on and off the field.  He also gives Down and Distance the overall impact decisions like this are having at lower levels of football.

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