Notre Dame's Jersey Boys Jackson, Calabrese enjoying finale in their 'backyard'

They've been billed as the guys playing close to home but Notre Dame's Jersey Boys Carlo Calabrese and Bennett Jackson are the first to admit they haven't been the most perfect tour guides for their Irish teammates in New York City as the football team gets set for the Pinstripe Bowl Saturday at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

But who is the better tour guide of the two?

"Probably neither," Irish quarterback Tommy Rees says with a laugh. "They are both Jersey guys so they kind of think they know a lot but we've been kind of abandoned on that front."

"I'd say Bennett Jackson for sure," Bennett Jackson said. "I don't think Carlo really knows his way around."

Carlo won't argue with Jackson.

"People of course want to follow me because they think I know all the stuff that's going on but I haven't come here too much but I know kind of my way around here," Calabrese says.

So maybe the final game of their Notre Dame careers isn't being played at 'home' but its certainly cool to be in the neighborhood.

"It's been good to have my parents be able to come by the hotel and say what's up whenever they want or friends from town that I haven't seen for a while come by," Jackson says. "It's been a great time. I'm glad to be back on the East Coast."

"Just having your friends and all your family there just watching you--your last time playing as a college football player, it's awesome," Calabrese says. "There will be a lot of emotions but once the game starts, it will be all awesome."

The final game for Calabrese and Jackson kicks off at Noon on Sunday in the 4th ever Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.


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