How much does a win over Michigan mean to Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis?
Enough that despite tearing his ACL and MCL in the 2nd quarter of Saturday's win, Weis was all laughs in his post-game press conference.
"How do you like that?" Weis joked. "I feel like an athlete. First time in my life!"
Weis was hit from behind on a punt return when Irish linebacker John Ryan was pushed into him. The Irish coach never left the field and never stopped coaching.
After the game, he couldn't contain the laughter as he said he has no plans of missing next week's game against Michigan State.
"I'll show up as a coach, but I'd be gone for the year as a player," Weis explained. "Tommy Brady's got nothing on me."
Brady, of course, the NFL's best player, is out for the season with a knee injury of his own. Weis was Brady's QB coach while in New England. Brady is also a former Wolverine.
"I'm layin' down there, and other than the fact that I knew my knee got blown out, you're sitting there, and they want you to pop back up and I said, "Let's relax here for a second, fellas," because I knew I wanted to regain my composure. You know when it gets blown out; it was blown out. You didn't have to guess."