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    mccoymike.JPG GIFT2012.com - Former Notre Dame All-American and Green Bay Packers first round draft pick Mike McCoy will serve as an Honorary Chairman for the Global Ireland Football Tournament (GIFT) 2012 when high school and college teams from the United States play a series of games in Dublin, Ireland, next summer.

    Teams from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin will play in three doubleheader matches staged in three different stadiums in Dublin, making up the Global Ireland Football Tournament on August 31. The following day, Notre Dame and Navy will clash at the city's Aviva Stadium.

    Mike McCoy is a native of Erie, Pa., and a graduate of Cathedral Prep High School. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in economics where he played football and was an All-American. He was the UPI Lineman of the year and was sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting his senior year. He was the number one draft choice of the Green Bay Packers where he played defensive tackle during an 11-year NFL career, spending seven with Green Bay, two with the Oakland Raiders and two with the New York Giants.

    "I am honored to have been asked to undertake this role and look forward to sharing this once in a lifetime opportunity with the athletes and their families who are traveling overseas and with the sports fans in Ireland," said McCoy.

    "American football provides a positive influence in many young people's lives and I look forward to sharing my experiences with everyone I meet during this event. I am also delighted to be going back to my roots to a country where I have many relatives."

    Global Football President Patrick Steenberge said: "Mike was my boyhood hero in Erie, as he was three years ahead of me at Prep, and he had a big influence on my selecting Notre Dame. He and I have stayed in touch over the past four decades, and it is special to have him play an integral role in this historic football event in Ireland. I proudly serve on his Board, and know he will have a positive impact on the young men coming to play in Dublin."

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