Notre Dame football to honor Ara Parseghian in upcoming season

Apr 22, 2017; Notre Dame, IN, USA; A Notre Dame Fighting Irish football helmet sits on the field following the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame football mourned the loss of one of their program greats this week as they began fall camp. However, the team found a way to take the legendary coach out on the playing field with them in the upcoming season.

The name 'Ara' will be placed on the front of each helmet, above the face-mask, in place of where it normally says 'Irish'.

"His impact was so strong throughout the entire program and throughout college football," junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush said, "Just to keep in mind who we're playing for and what we're playing for. It's bigger than what we are doing on the field right now at that moment."

Wimbush added, "I think we will have a great season, for him."

Head Coach Brian Kelly said it was Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbick's idea to put Ara's name on the helmets.

Kelly said, "He's a man's man, he's a football coach's dream in a sense that he represented the toughness of the game as well. And to have it on a helmet , instead of on the cloth, I think it's a great symbol."

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