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Joe Boozell | NCAA.com | October 11, 2016

Ex-Notre Dame stars Smith, Russell exchange jerseys

Notre Dame may be struggling on defense this season, but in 2015, the Fighting Irish were loaded with talent on that side of the ball. Two of Notre Dame’s best players were linebacker Jaylon Smith and defensive back KeiVarae Russell.

Each was selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, though Russell is already on his second pro team. Regardless, the two swapped jerseys after the Cowboys defeated the Bengals on Sunday, and it was a heck of a sight for Notre Dame fans:

Smith, in particular, is a favorite among the Fighting Irish faithful. He suffered a serious knee injury against Ohio State in last season’s Fiesta Bowl, but he’s looking to make a comeback as soon as possible.

It’s great to see college football bonds enduring the test of time.

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