Playing Rudy

By J. Michael Brooks, M.D., '79

Like many other Notre Dame students, I had been a reasonably good high school football player with dreams of participating at a higher level. While on campus for placement testing the summer before my freshman year, however, I met Jeff Weston, whom I later found out was the starting defensive tackle. He was 6-foot-5 and weighed 245 pounds, a chiseled inverted pyramid of muscle. Every thought of playing football at ND immediately left my mind. It was a good thing, too, because pre-med studies ended up taking up most of my time in the next four years.…

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