August Turak | Dec. 13, 2012 | Forbes Magazine
I recently found myself rooting around the web just trying to find out how Notre Dame first got its sobriquet the Fighting Irish.
I never did find out, but I stumbled instead on this interview with Notre Dame’s star defense-man Manti Te’o. Anything but a typical “jock piece,” Te’o movingly describes the prayer that eventually sent a young Mormon man with a lifelong dream of playing for Southern Cal to Catholic Notre Dame instead. But more impressive still, is his description of the mid-season death of the young woman he loved and the wisdom he learned from her.
Before every game, for example, his girlfriend would write a note from her hospital bed urging him to always be “humble.” And if the tone of his interview is any indication, then this remarkable young man has taken her lessons to heart.