Thursday August 14th, 2014

Kyle McCarthy, a former Notre Dame safety who is in his first season as a grad assistant with the team, will take intermittent leave of absence from the Irish after being diagnosed with cancer, the school announced in a press release. 

McCarthy was a member of the Irish for five seasons and served as a team captain in 2009. His 240 career tackles rank second in school history amongst defensive backs.

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“Kyle’s attitude and outlook toward his treatment is remarkable,” said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. “We will support him the entire way. We are very confident he’ll receive the necessary treatment to make a complete recovery.”

The 27-year-old spent time with the Broncos, Chiefs and Raiders before a series of knee injuries ended his NFL career. 

- Molly Geary

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