The Story Of A Local High School Soccer Player Who Became A D-I Kicker

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.

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You're probably asking yourself: what's so remarkable about Ruffer? Allow McKenna to explain.

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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. 

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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. 

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