In this history of Notre Dame Football, the position of tight end has always been special. Players like Dave Casper, Ken MacAfee, Derek Brown, Mark Bavaro, Anthony Fasano, John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph and now Tyler Eifert, decided to spurn the NFL and return for a final season at Notre Dame.
On Jan. 6 2012 Tyler Eifert announced he was coming back to play another season for the Irish. Now, one year later the Irish tight end is a day away from playing in the National Championship game.
"Took a lot of time after the bowl game to just try and decide. To me--I'm not a selfish person but I had to look at it from a selfish point of you--what is best for me,” said Eifert, “If the NFL was best for me, that's probably what I would have done. But coming back was definitely the right choice."
Tyler’s football career has been a family affair for his entire family.
"My family whole family and friends--aunts and uncles--grandmas and grandpas, they come to every game. They always use me as an excuse to travel so they'll all be down there in Miami which will be awesome.”
The big guy out of Fort Wayne, Indiana has made all the plays this season, even when he wasn’t the primary focus of the Irish offense.
Notre Dame Quarterback Everett Golson says as a player, Eifert is extremely versatile, “We can put him in the tight end spot, the wide receiver a spot. He presents a lot of matchup advantages for us. Just knowing if I need to go to someone that I can go to him--helps me out a lot."
The Crimson Tide will be sure to carefully watch for Golson and Eiftert in Monday’s championship game.