Irish seniors celebrate win with Senior Day victory lap

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It was snowing and down to 21 degrees inside Notre Dame Stadium.

Almost all of the 80,000 fans were gone.

That's when the Irish seniors emerged from the Notre Dame locker room in full uniform to take a lap around Notre Dame Stadium. It was a special moment for the group, which bounced back from a devastating loss to Pittsburgh to beat BYU in their final game ever at Notre Dame Stadium.

"Those are the guys I've been battling with for four years," Irish linebacker Dan Fox says when asked what it meant to take a victory lap with his teammates. "I've just had such a great time at this university. I've lived with Tommy [Rees] for four years. I'm just so happy to get a win."

Rees was greeted with chants of 'Tommy, Tommy' as he took a knee to end the game. An incredible moment for the senior quarterback who has been criticized as much as any player in Notre Dame history.

"It was a very special moment," Rees said after the game of hearing his name chanted by the student body. "We've been through a lot as an entire senior class--not just as a team but everybody here. They could have chanted anyone's name so that was definitely a memory that I would hold very closely for a very long time."

For others, like captain TJ Jones, it was the pregame moment that meant the most. Jones was greeted by his siblings and his mom as he made his senior entrance. All of course thinking of TJ's dad Andre who died tragically three years ago of a brain aneurysm. Andre was a member of Notre Dame's 1988 national championship team.

"We won the game and I will remember the win but to be able to run out to all my siblings and my mother in front of the crowd I've played in front of for four years is the most memorable thing," TJ said after the game.

The win improves the Irish to 8-3 on the season. Notre Dame wraps up the regular season next Saturday at Stanford.


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