Dan Murphy | Oct. 23, 2013 | Blue and Gold Illustrated
The last time Troy Niklas made a public speaking appearance it ended in him shirtless, emphatically professing his love of pain. Monday night the 6-foot-6 tight end stood in front of a room of roughly 200 people and showed he liked to alleviate pain as well.
Niklas, a junior and an emerging offensive star for the Irish, organized a team dinner at South Bend’s Center for the Homeless this week, an event six weeks in the making. The team raised $4,600 for the shelter and provided toiletries, blankets and some welcome company for its guests. Roughly 70 Notre Dame players and members of the coaching staff spent a few hours eating and swapping stories with a room full of the building’s residents.