Showtime first look: Emotional Tranquill earns game ball

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Notre Dame safety Drue Tranquill was playing the game of his life when his season suddenly ended while celebrating a big play near the end of the first half. Tranquill suffered a torn ACL that’ll end his second-straight season with a major knee injury.

And while that injury led to some predictable scorn on the internet and in the sports-talk radio circuit, Tranquill earned the game ball from Brian Kelly, given to both the sophomore safety and the entire defense for its sterling performance against Georgia Tech’s triple-option attack.

After the game, Tranquill was the model of composure and grace, handling his injury with an incredible amount of dignity. And in probably his most telling statement, Tranquill said the following when given the opportunity to speak to his teammates.

“Today was the ultimate team game for the defense. I’m not feeling sorry for myself, man, I’m just sorry I can’t be back out there with you all,” Tranquill said. 

For a first-look at tonight’s “A Season With Notre Dame Football,” Showtime’s production cameras caught Tranquill as he addressed his teammates.

Give it a watch here: