When the Notre Dame's regular season came to a close last Saturday night with a 27-20 loss at Stanford, many people were less than pleased with quarterback Tommy Rees' performance. Head coach Brian Kelly was not one of those people.
Rees threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter that cost the Irish dearly and caused many to forget about the two touchdowns Rees threw in the third. The picks were thrown on Notre Dames last two possessions and both times the Irish were only down seven.
After the game Kelly was asked about Tommy Rees' "legacy" at Notre Dame and what the ending of the game would mean to it.
"Legacy is such a big word for me," Brian Kelly said. "I just love the way the kid competes out there. He is not going to go into the College Football Hall of Fame, you know what I mean, he doesn't have those incredible skills. But, he just puts his heart and soul into what he does."
It seemed at first as if Kelly wasn't going to answer the question but, as he started talking about Tommy he got more and more animated.
"As a coach what you appreciate is when somebody gives you all he has," Kelly said as he leaned back in his chair and his voice getting louder. "He threw that ball as far as he could throw it to Will Fuller! [referring to Tommy's final interception of the game.] He can't get it any further than that! That is just Tommy. He gives you everything he has. I don't know if that is a "legacy" answer, but he just gives you all that he has and that is all you can ask for from kids."
It may be years before anyone will truly understand the "legacy" of Tommy Rees. The one thing we do know is that according to his head coach everything asked of him, and that certainly deserves some respect.