Notre Dame football players: Why I’m Thankful

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Happy Thanksgiving, folks.¬†Here’s hoping that today is one spent with friends and family.

With the Irish heading to Southern California to try and finish the regular season with a much-needed eighth victory, seniors Austin Collinsworth, Kyle Brindza, Cam McDaniel and Christian Lombard look back on a football career that’s now ending. And what better time to consider what they’re thankful for this Thanksgiving.

While this season hasn’t necessarily gone as expected, Brindza’s comments are especially terrific, especially considering the adversity he’s gone through these past few weeks.

“It’s a blessing to just be here,” Brinza said. “I’m excited for the real world and what’s to come. But everything I’ll have later on in life I’ll have learned from here.”