First pep rally a big-time winner

Some Irish fans had complained that the Friday night pep rallies had become too sedate, too scripted, and not any fun.

Anyone who attended Friday night's event saw the Joyce Center packed with an atmosphere that was nothing short of top-notch.

Videos saluting the 1953 National Champs and a "psych-up" preview of the current team were outstanding.

The list of speakers was also impressive. Charlie Weis was the anchor along with 1953 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lattner.

One of the greatest backfield duos in Irish history, Jerome Heavens and Vagas Ferguson, were re-united to the cheers of the crowd.

Wayne Edmonds, the first African-American football monogram winner, also spoke, as did future Pro Football Hall of Famer Bryant Young.

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