Former Irish QB Beuerlein makes kid's day at Silver Hawks game; talks Golson

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Former Notre Dame quarterback Steve Beuerlein threw out the first pitch at Sunday's Silver Hawks game then signed autographs from 2-3pm for fans.

At 3:15, Beuerlein was still signing autographs because well--he wasn't just signing autographs---he was also interacting with every fan that stopped by.

One of the last people in line was 9-year-old Ethan Lentych who noticed that Beuerlein had the ball he threw out for the first pitch with him at the autograph table.

"Wow you should put that in a case," Ethan told Beuerlein.

Steve looked at the kid, grabbed the ball, signed it and gave it to Ethan.

"Now you should get a case for it," Beuerlein told Ethan.

The two then shared a photo together and Ethan's dad Adam says its a moment the family won't ever forget.

Moments like that are ones Beuerlein doesn't forget either.

"One of the things I always love coming back to South Bend for are the people," Beuerlein explains."The people in this town are the most genuine, most friendly, happy people anywhere. I have just always enjoyed coming back--mingling mixing and having a few laughs about the pretty good ole days."

And while Beuerlein had plenty of fans coming up to him, he says he's a big fan of Irish coach Brian Kelly.

"I'm really excited---I have a lot of confidence in Brian Kelly. I think he is the right man for the job," Beuerlein said. "He's going to get this program back where they belong and they are already in that upper echelon."

"I think having Everett Golson back this year with another year of maturity under his belt, I think he's going to be hungry to come back and set the record straight. I think he just brings a dimension that they were missing last year that probably would have accounted for one or two more wins last year."

Beuerlein says people take too much stock in the fact that Golson missed all of last season--point out that its no different than if he was injured in the 1st game of last season. The difference is that in this situation you don't have to worry about an injury.

"I know the situation with Everett--it wasn't fortunate, it wasn't by choice but it was what it was," Beuerlein started. "He worked out really hard back in California and he has himself in better shape then he's ever been and I expect big things out of him."

And while Beuerlein respects the fact that Coach Kelly says Golson is in a battle with Malik Zaire for the starting quarterback spot, the former Carolina Panther quarterback isn't buying it.

"If you pressed him over a beer who his starting quarterback is, he knows its going to be Everett Golson and I think no one in that locker room questions that whatsoever," Beuerlein says.

Beuerlein believes the only way Golson doesn't end up the man is if #5 stumbles and Zaire comes in and lights it up.

"Coming out of spring, Malik Zaire should be very happy where he stands and if he gets the opportunity, hopefully he will step in and do well but there is no doubt that Everett Golson is the starting quarterback--the guy has played in the national championship game--he's going to be better this year as well," Beuerlein concluded.

Beuerlein starred at Notre Dame during a rough time in Irish history in the final years of Gerry Faust. His final season was when things began turning around--coming during Lou Holtz first year at Notre Dame.

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