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ST. LOUIS, MO- Local admirers of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish already apperceive that the football aggregation has one St. Louis breadth amateur on the agenda branch into the Civic Playoff Semifinal adjoin Clemson–defensive lineman Jonathan Bonner, of Parkway Central. Bonner has a ancestors tie to the school, a bequest that spans decades.
It turns out the aforementioned is accurate for addition St. Louis affiliation to the team, or at atomic for a actuality you see affluence of on television while he’s acclaim on the team.
Meet Jack Sheehan, the Chaminade alum who this year is Notre Dame’s top Leprechaun.
Q: Do you accept a ancestors or added affiliation to Notre Dame?
A: I absolutely appear from a continued bequest at Notre Dame. My grandfathering started it by admission in 1959, and again both my parents went there, Dan (’87) and Kristin (’90). My sister additionally abounding ND and accelerating in 2016. Notre Dame was consistently my dream school.
Q: How does one become the Notre Dame Leprechaun?
A: The attack action absolutely is not easy. There is a attack appliance area you abide a artistic two-minute video, a claimed statement, a resume, and a letter of recommendation. Again there is the absolute tryout, which takes places in April the Friday afore our Spring Football bold and the winners are the Leprechauns for the afterward year.
Check out the Indianapolis Star’s video on Leprechaun tryouts:
A: Each year, three Leprechauns are named. The attack is accessible to spectators, and all the candidates allure their accompany and it consists of three parts: a apish Pep Rally, a apish media interview, and a apish skit. For the Pep Rally and skit, you are accustomed a book two-minutes afore it is your about-face to go out, and you charge plan a achievement based on that. At the end of the tryout, all the Leprechauns attempt in a push-up contest! I had the amusement of actuality afar of this attack action twice, and confined as the Leprechaun for my inferior and chief years.
Q: Best acquaintance in that role?
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A: I accept had so abounding appropriate adventures already as the Leprechaun, and I anticipate it is too adamantine to accept a favorite. I had the advantage of actuality the aboriginal Leprechaun to skate at Notre Dame hockey amateur (using my accomplishments as a Chaminade Hockey Player) and got to skate at the United Center for a bold adjoin Wisconsin. I additionally got to biking with the Civic Finalist hockey aggregation to the Frozen Four in Minnesota, and the Civic Champion Women’s basketball aggregation to Columbus for their allegorical season. This was all afore the allegorical football division we are accepting now. It all started back we exhausted Michigan and we accept aloof kept winning! I am aflame for the playoffs advancing up, and accustomed to be afar of all of these celebrated Notre Dame teams!
Q: Explain the mindset you accept to booty on back you apperceive bodies can see you, that you can’t adumbrate abaft a affectation like a Truman The Tiger?
A: This is the best allotment about actuality the Leprechaun. Since I am able to allege to people, I can participate in association service, as able-bodied as allocution to fans! It allows me to leave added of an consequence on bodies and I’d like to anticipate I can accomplish a fan’s day a little bigger by accepting a conversation.
Q: Notre Dame is not new to civic television acutely but now in the College Playoff, any added burden on you?
A: I don’t anticipate there is any pressure. All I accept to do is be active and do my best to accumulate the army energized! This is aloof like any added bold for the aggregation and myself. We are both activity to do our job and get a victory!
Sheehan isn’t the alone Leprechaun in this year’s crop from St. Louis. Chief Andrew Bub, a St. Louis University High Academy graduate, was additionally selected. We begin Bub’s audience video, which spoofed the cine ‘Rudy’.