Notre Dame Football and Jeff Jeffers are nearly synonymous for anyone who knows Irish Football.
The team is rebuilding with a new coach and the Dean of Sports, who is missing his first season in 36 years, is rebuilding in a sense, too.
Jeff has been on the sidelines for the last six weeks because of a stroke, but he wants everyone to know, just like the Irish, he'll be back.
Their son, Reilly, sidelined by an accident the week before, Jeff and Leslie still went to root for the Marian Knights.
“Leslie and I went to a high school game,” Jeffers said, “came home, I went to bed, had a headache.”
That headache wouldn't go away.
“Leslie looked at me and said, this isn't right,” he said. “She called the ambulance and they took me to the hospital and they said, ‘he's had a stroke.’”
Jeff says his wife's quick action probably saved his life. “It was serious, it was a bleed and they got me stabilized,” Jeffers said. “I started healing right then.”
Now he's rehabbing as fast as he can to get back to work. “Rehab twice a week, I'm down to 190 pounds which is the least I've weighed since high school,” he said.
Jeff will keep up with rehab and doctor's orders and says anyone with risk factors needs to be proactive.
“Don't assume it can't happen to you ‘cause it happened to me,” he said. “It knocks you for a loop, it really does. It makes one feel very humble. But I'll be back soon so you can take your shots at me.”
And just to show how ready he is to come back he started taking shots at his favorite target—the weather staff.
“This new Waugh guy,” Jeffers joked. “Hear he's a weather person. I may have to talk to him a little bit.”
Yes, he's back in tournament form just to show you he is an equal opportunity shot-taker—Jeff talks about Angelo and Chuck in tomorrow's Countdown to Kickoff show.
Jeff also wants the community to know how much he, Leslie and the kids appreciate all the well wishes, prayers and support they've gotten over the last six weeks.