When No. 5 Notre Dame plays second-ranked Florida State on Saturday, be on the look-out for number 38 in white.
Joe Schmidt, a middle-linebacker from Orange, California, has become one of the anchors of a defense that, despite being riddled with injures, had stood tough for a 6-0 Irish record this season.
Schmidt was not a scholarship athlete the first time he was in Notre Dame Stadium. In fact, he was the 10 year-old brother of a girl who ran track for Notre Dame, being given a tour by his future brother-in-law, a ND baseball standout. It was then that Schmidt fell in love with Notre Dame and made it his goal to play football for the Irish.
Schmidt made a couple trips back to South Bend, Indiana in the coming years, but would have gone as a spectator and fan rather than a football play, had he not listened to advice his father had given him when he was four years old: write down your goals, do everything you can to achieve them.
Now a junior in college, Schmidt still has his list of goals hanging above his desk. The one that sticks out the most? "BE ALL IN."
Meet Joe Schmidt. My piece on Notre Dame's (genuinely) inspiring former walk-on: http://t.co/ipKde1I5u6— John Walters (@jdubs88) October 14, 2014