March 20, 2010
Ben grew up in SoCal...where as a boy he shagged balls for the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp; held each summer at Cal Lutheren College in Ben's hometown, Thousand Oaks, California.
While he was just minutes North on the 101 Freeway from the Bruins and the Trojans, it was the Fighting Irish that captured Ben's heart. It was MSU v. Notre Dame 1966; an epic battle that lived up to it's billing. Ben remembers watching that game and thinking "One day I'm going to play for Notre Dame."
That didn't happen, but Ben's affection for Notre Dame has never diminished.
Ben did go on to play at DUKE in the early 70's, graduating in 1974. His big moment was a face-off with then sophomore Randy White (later named the best-ever defensive lineman in the NFL) in a game between the Blue Devils and Terps of Maryland; it was ugly, and then it was over!
His professional life has been focused on helping people; but his avocation has always been College Football. There just isn't anything that compares to the tradition, the pageantry, the fabled rivalries; His passion for the game runs deep and his loyalty to the Irish remains steadfast.
Today, Ben lives with his wife, Laura, and Labrador retriever, Lily just 20 minutes from the house that Rockne built and Holtz re-modeled; Notre Dame Stadium. While in recent years times have been tough, It remains a good day to be Irish!