Notre Dame Football team will wear "Ara" decal this season
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- For the first time since his death, we’re hearing from current players about Coach Parseghian's legacy. The current Notre Dame Football team was in the midst of fall training camp at Culver Academies when they learned that legendary Irish Coach Ara Parseghian had passed away.
Although it's been more than 4 decades since Parseghian coached, he left a lasting impression on the football program.
"I found out he meant a lot for this program. I felt deep sorrow for him and Notre Dame nation. We try to give all our best just for him,” said Notre Dame Senior Linebacker, Nyles Morgan.
"It's a huge impact throughout the whole program. I know you saw the Jumbotron. It couldn't have been a more exemplary image,” said Brandon Wimbush-Notre Dame Junior Quarterback.
This season the Irish will pay tribute by wearing an "Ara" decal on their helmets.
"He's a mans man. He's a football coach's dream in a sense that he represents the toughness of the game so for us to have it on the helmet instead of cloth is a great symbol,” said Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly.
"He was great for us. Gonna wear him on our helmet so his memory's going to live on,” said Notre Dame Junior Wide Receiver Equanimeous St Brown.
Sunday is an off day for the Irish. While no arrangements have been mandated for the team, Brian Kelly will be attending the service for Ara Parseghian. The players have the day to themselves and they are allowed to attend if they would like to pay their respects.