Feb. 1, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame football legend Joe Theismann will be the guest speaker at the opening dinner of the 2011 Notre Dame Football Fantasy Camp and will coach the first day of the Fantasy Camp.
The Notre Dame Football Fantasy Camp will be directed by Irish head coach Brian Kelly, as well as his entire Notre Dame coaching staff, current Irish players and plenty of other former Notre Dame legends. They will provide daily hands-on instruction and interaction. They also will share priceless personal experiences from their time under the Golden Dome and in the NFL.
Camp dates are Tuesday, May 31, through Saturday, June 4, 2011. Participants will stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites located across the street from campus and adjacent to the new Eddy Street Commons, and mere steps from the shadow of Notre Dame Stadium.
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.
The Notre Dame Football Fantasy Camp allows fans to develop a personal and active association with all of the Irish football facilities - including Notre Dame Stadium, Guglielmino Athletics Complex, Isban Auditorium, Haggar Varsity Fitness Center, Morse Recruiting Lounge, LaBar Practice Complex, Monogram Room, Naimoli Family Club Room in Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, Schivarelli Alumni Players' Lounge, Basilica of the Sacred Heart and many other notable facilities around the historic campus. Fans will become a Notre Dame football player. They will go through all the practices, training tables and meetings during the week. On Blue/Gold game day, they will dress in the Notre Dame Stadium locker room donning authentic ND gear head to toe - from the famous gold helmets to adidas cleats. After mass and the traditional pre-game speech, participants will slap the "Play Like A Champion" sign and sprint out of the tunnel onto the field at Notre Dame Stadium in front of family, friends and fans.
Campers will be provided with all practice and game apparel, as well as other Notre Dame memorabilia and gifts, including a team photo and keepsake DVD from the Blue-Gold Fantasy Football Game to relive the memories.
Cost for this year's camp is $4,995. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Notre Dame Monogram Club. The Notre Dame Monogram Club provides support to current student-athletes and engages both former and current student-athletes in service, scholarship, support, recognition and fellowship and to maintain the rich tradition and legacy of Notre Dame Athletics.
Interested parties can register by clicking here or direct questions to Chad Klunder, Director of Football Operations, Phone: 574-631-8643 -- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.