Robert Schiller | Septembet 19, 2017
With football season commencing, many students get their football fill by cheering on the Fighting Irish and binge-watching other NCAA and NFL games each weekend. But for those who want to get out on the gridiron themselves, Notre Dame has no shortage of options.
Last weekend kicked off the seasons for men’s and women’s interhall football. Reigning champions Welsh Family Hall and Stanford Hall look to defend their respective titles this year amid large and fiercely contested fields.
Senior Matt O’Brien, captain of Stanford’s team, played football in high school and was thrilled at the opportunity to get out on the field once again. He said the Sunday afternoon games are more than just a chance to throw the ball around; competition in interhall matches is often surprisingly good. O’Brien said his team’s intensity is one of the keys to its success, and something he hopes to carry forward into this season.
“We had a great group of upperclassmen who have helped us since I was a freshman,” he said.
Stanford junior Peter Ryan, who scored the decisive touchdown in last year’s final, and again this weekend against Keenan, is “probably the most dangerous wide receiver in the league,” O’Brien said. Every Sunday, all-star athletes take the field alongside other determined players to compete for their dorms.