Teddy Greenstein | August 28, 2018
Nic Weishar’s voice trembled as he recalled the most dramatic day in his life: Oct. 12, 2012.
His brother Andrew died in the early morning hours, his 21-year-old body overtaken by colorectal cancer. That night, Weishar suited up for Marist High School and somehow channeled his emotions into a 14-catch, 150-yard performance against Benet.
“A monster game,” said Pat Dunne, who coached Weishar at Marist. “As coaches, we learned more from him than he would ever know.”
Thinking back to it after practice Thursday at Notre Dame, Weishar recalled huddling with family members before deciding whether to play.
“Having me out on the field brought a smile to their faces,” Weishar said. “Football was an escape for me, but I think my family needed it more than I did.”
Weishar could get by without football, having earned an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. And some programs might not have offered a fifth year of eligibility to a tight end with 15 career catches.
Perhaps the Irish didn’t need a player who likely ranks fourth on the depth chart behind Alize Mack, Brock Wright and Cole Kmet.
But Notre Dame wanted him — and not just because, as coach Brian Kelly said, he has “good hands” and is “extremely reliable.”
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