Notre Dame G Steve Elmer forgoes final season of eligibility

After interning in Washington, D.C., Steve Elmer will forego his NCAA eligibility to focus on his job after college.
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Notre Dame junior guard Steve Elmer has announced his decision to forego his final year of NCAA eligibility and leave the Fighting Irish football program to pursue a job in Washington, D.C., the university announced.

“While playing football for Notre Dame has been nothing short of an honor, I have been presented with an incredible opportunity to pursue a career doing something in which I have great interest, and at a great company to boot,” Elmer said in his letter.

“The experience of balancing Notre Dame’s academic rigors with my football commitments has given me a great foundation for my next endeavor,” Elmer continued. “I will graduate from Notre Dame this May and start my professional journey this summer in the Washington, D.C. area.”

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Elmer started all 13 games for Notre Dame in the 2014 and ’15 seasons. He finishes his career with 37 consecutive games started.

Last year, Elmer served as a Congressional intern under Rep. John Moolenaar of Michigan.

“Notre Dame is a special place that develops unique and talented people. Steve Elmer is such a person,” head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. “He chose Notre Dame to earn a degree from the top University in the world and play football at the highest level. He’s accomplished both and so much more.”

- Christopher Chavez