Former Notre Dame QB Tony Rice helps local kids conquer cancer - FOX 32 News Chicago

Former Notre Dame QB Tony Rice helps local kids conquer cancer

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Blue and gold invaded Chicago Friday, as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Miami Hurricanes at Soldier Field.

Former ND and Chicago Bears star Chris Zorich and some of his teammates got together to relive that championship 1988 season, and raise money for our St. Baldricks - FOX Chicago schools challenge.

I had the honor of emceeing the event. Former Notre Dame Quarterback Tony Rice was hosted Thursday night.

"I could still play some of those plays in my head," Rice said, "and the steps I'm making."

It's been 25 years since what some people the greatest game ever played on Notre Dame's home turf. Rice just can't believe how the years have passed so quickly.

The Lou Holtz-led Irish were ranked No. 4 as they hosted the number one team in the land at the time - the Miami hurricanes led by Jimmy Johnson.

To say the two teams disliked each other would be putting mildly.

"That week everyone was intense," Rice said.

He remembers Miami Quarterback Steve Walsh was getting all the press in the days leading up to the game and he didn't mind at all.

Rice looks back fondly at those days, and looks forward to seeing his old buddies centered around charity. They'll be raising money to help local kids conquer cancer.

"It's going to be cool. A lot of people we haven't seen in many years," Rice said. "You get emails, but sitting there and touch your teammates, and to see what they're doing now with their families, it's not about us, it's about our kids and what they're doing right now.

"But this is going to bring us all together. The gift - give back to the community, doing the practice, punting, they broke the line, so that's when the momentum starts. Here, we're ready to play, let's go. A couple fights happened, and one thing leads to another, we didn't want anyone coming into our house trying to take something away from us.

"The only thing I had to do is make sure I put my team in the right situation. Calling the plays, running the plays, executing them," Rice said.

Tony Rice is now an insurance broker for the Chicago company Hub International.

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