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    A Tribute to Orlando Woolridge

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    Orlando Woolridge (1959-2012)

    Following his untimely passing last week, many Notre Dame alums and fans sent their thoughts and prayers out to the family of Irish basketball great Orlando Woolridge ('81). On Friday, former teammate Marc Kelly ('82), now a Superior Court Judge in Orange County, Calif. made a special tribute to the 13-year NBA veteran.

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    After the bailiff introduced him, the Honorable Judge Kelly called his court into session with a few words about Woolridge. Here's the text from the official court reporter, Lisa Charboneau Peters:

    Please remain standing for a moment of silence in honor of Orlando Woolridge, a dear friend and ex-basketball teammate of the court at Notre Dame, who sadly passed away last night at age 52.

    Always smiling, Orlando was a world-class human being and one of the greatest athletes ever to put on a Notre Dame uniform.

    He leaves behind a legacy that will endure among the many persons who had good fortune to meet him.

    We pray for strength for his family and friends, and may he rest in peace.

    Be seated and come to order.

    All in all, a very nice tribute from one Irish teammate to another. Kelly served as the President of the Monogram Club from 2007-2009 and was a four-year walk-on with the Irish, before embarking on a career in law.

    Read more on Woolridge's life and basketball career on UND.com.

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