Dave McKenna of the Washington City Paper always manages to unearth great stories that pretty much everyone else has missed. Today, he wrote about David Ruffer, a Gonzaga graduate that's the current starting kicker for Notre Dame.â†µ
You're probably asking yourself: what's so remarkable about Ruffer? Allow McKenna to explain.
Ruffer, who grew up in Northern Virginia, didn't even play high school football during his days at Gonzaga -- he golfed and played soccer while studying placekicking with Woodside. But that complete absence of game experience didn't stop him from trying to live out every Gonzaga boy's fantasy: Playing for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.â†µ
Ruffer eventually enrolled at William and Mary, transferred to Notre Dame, showed off his leg on an intramural dorm team, convinced the Notre Dame staff to give him a chance as a walk-on and is now the starter. It's hard for me to root for Notre Dame, but I'm absolutely rooting for Ruffer after reading about this.â†µ