Stay Golden, Louis Nix

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Louis Nix. The ultimate troll.

As the Irish were warming up before the game against Pittsburgh, Twitter was a buzz after a few beat reporters noticed that Nix was wearing sweats during the pre-pregame warm-ups, unusual for the defensive tackle.

A set back in the knee injury? A sign that Nix wouldn’t be able to play?

“I wanted to mess with people,” Nix said this week. “That was intentional, going out on the field with sweats on. I just wanted to mess with you guys a little bit.”

Nix got a few chuckles from the group of reporters interviewing him after that reveal. And really, they haven’t stopped chuckling for the four years Nix has spent in South Bend.

We’ll spend more time talking about the Louis Nix story, which hasn’t necessarily written its final chapter in South Bend.

In all reality, with a degree in hand and a spot likely in the first round of the NFL Draft, Nix will play his final game in Notre Dame Stadium next Saturday. But after undergoing PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) therapy to treat a knee injury that kept him off the field against Air Force and Navy (and has sidelined running back Greg Bryant, who is carrying roughly 150 pounds less than the defensive tackle, for the season), Nix talked about the drive to get back on the field.

“Louis Nix is not a selfish guy. He’s a guy that loves his brother, his teammates, his coaches, selfishly I wanted to go out there and play for myself,” Nix said, going third person for extra credit. “I like playing the game, and I don’t like being on the sideline. It’s hard to see guys go out there and play and you wish you could be out there making plays.”

Then in vintage Nix style, he started campaigning for postseason accolades.

“I want to win an award. I can’t be on the bench and win an award,” Nix said. “I guess we need to start pushing that guys.”

If there’s an award to be won, it’ll likely need to be done next season, with Nix eligible for a fifth year after sitting out his debut season in South Bend. But if there’s stress in that decision — or really, any — Nix isn’t showing it.

When the South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen asked Nix if he had applied for the insurance policy afforded players of Nix’s level by the NCAA, the Film, Television and Theatre major scoffed.

“Who me? Naah. I don’t have it,” Nix said. “Naah, I don’t need it.”

Stay Golden, Louis Nix.