Notre Dame's 1977 national champs had supreme talent -- and timing
Former Notre Dame Football Academic All-American Joe Restic ('79), an orthodontist with his own practice in Wilsonville, Ore., served as the president of the Notre Dame Monogram Club from 2009-11, past president until 2013, and now as a member of the past presidents council.
Restic joined the board as a director from 2000-03 before moving onto the executive committee as the Club's secretary from 2004-05. He joined the presidential rotation in 2005.
Restic - son of legendary Harvard football coach Joe Restic, Sr. ('73-'93) - came to Notre Dame in the fall of 1975 from Milford, Mass. He was a four-year letter winner as a punter and free safety. His 209 career punts rank second in Notre Dame history while he still holds the Irish record for punting average in a single game (51.6 yards), after booting five kicks for 258 yards vs. Air Force in 1975. He also ranks third on the all-time Notre Dame interceptions list with 13.
Restic, a starting safety while helping Notre Dame win the 1977 national championship during his junior season, went on to graduate in 1979 with a pre-professional science degree. He received his doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985 and received certification from the orthodontic residency program at The Oregon Health Sciences University in 1988.
Likewise, Restic was a two-time GTE Academic All-American ('78, `79). In 1979, he was one of 10 college football players nation-wide who received the Scholar-Athlete award from the National Football Foundation. He also received a prestigious NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was one of the recipients of the annual Byron Kenaley Award, which recognizes Notre Dame student-athletes who are exemplary as students and leaders. In 1983 he was inducted into the Mathew Cryer Honor Society, which recognizes the top 10 students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
While playing three seasons in the United States Football League ('83-'85), Restic also pursued his career in dentistry and orthodontics. His professional football career actually was related to his shift to the west coast, as he played in the USFL with the Breakers franchise that was based in Boston before moving to New Orleans and then to Portland.
Restic and his wife Susan, who is also a dentist, are the parents of two children, daughter Brittany and son Eric.