The Notre Dame Football Pep Rally will be held on the National Mall Friday night. Come out and cheer on Coach Kelly and a few players from the 2011 Team as they get ready to beat Maryland on Saturday.
The Rally will be on the Mall, just West of 14th Street.
Guest Speakers will include:
Joe Theismann – A 2003 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, Theismann played for the Irish from 1968-70 as a 6-0, 170-pound quarterback from South River, N.J. A first-team All-America selection as a senior in ’70 by both the Associated Press and Football News, he ended up runner-up that year in the Heisman Trophy balloting to winner Jim Plunkett of Stanford.
As a senior in ’70, Theismann led the Irish to a 10-1 record and a Cotton Bowl victory over top-rated Texas with its 30-game win streak. Also an Academic All-American in ’70, Theismann in 1990 was inducted into the Verizon Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
He still holds Irish all-time records for pass completions in a game (33 vs. USC in ’70), passing yards in a game (526 vs. USC in ’70) – and he ranked sixth all-time in career passing yards (4,411) and fifth in career TD passes (31). In his Notre Dame career, he completed 290 of 509 passes (.569) for 4,411 yards and 31 TDs. He also rushed 316 times for 1,043 yards and 16 TDs.
A fourth-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 1971 NFL Draft, Theismann went on to a Pro Bowl career with the Washington Redskins, playing in two Super Bowls and winning one in 1983. He was selected the NFL MVP in 1983 and the NFL Man of the Year in 1982. He retired from the NFL after the ’85 season (he played 1974-85), having thrown for 25,206 career yards and 160 TDs and rushed for another 1,815 yards and 17 TDs.
Reggie Brooks – A native of Tulsa, Okla., Brooks played under former Irish head coach Lou Holtz from 1989-92. After starting his career as a defensive back, Brooks eventually moved to tailback, where he earned second-team All-America status and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting after a stellar senior campaign in 1992. That season, he rushed for 1,372 yards and scored 13 touchdowns, averaging 122.1 yards per game and an even more impressive 8.0 yards per carry as the Irish went 10-1-1, including a 28-3 rout of Texas A&M in the 1993 Cotton Bowl.
Brooks remains quite visible throughout the Notre Dame record books. His career average of 7.6 yards per rush is still a school record, while his 1,372 yards rushing in ‘92 rank third-best in single-season school history. Brooks’ 227-yard game at USC on Nov. 28, 1992, also ranks as the fourth-highest single-game rushing effort in school history. In addition, he stands among the top 10 in the following single-season categories at Notre Dame: yards per rush (second at 8.0, ’92), yards rushing per game (third at 122.1, ’92), 100-yard rushing games (eighth with five, ’92) and rushing touchdowns (eighth with 13, ’92).
Brooks played four seasons in the National Football League, predominantly in Washington (1993-95), after the Redskins selected him in the second round of the ’93 NFL Draft (45th overall pick). He finished with 1,726 career rushing yards, including 223 carries for 1,063 yards as a rookie in ’93. He also was named to the 1993 NFL All-Rookie Team by the Pro Football Writers of America.