June 9, 2000
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Eight members of Notre Dame’s 1988 national championship football team — including ’88 tri-captain Mark Green and standout inside linebacker Wes Pritchett — help comprise the list of 55 former Irish football players who will participate in Charity Bowl 2000.
The former Irish players will travel to Hamburg, Germany, for a July 8 game against the Hamburg Blue Devils football club, at Volkspark Stadium. The game will benefit Kinder Helfen Kindern (Kids Helping Kids), as well as a charity designated by the Notre Dame alumni players.
Green finished with 1,977 career rushing yards and still ranks 12th on Notre Dame’s all-time rushing chart. Pritchett earned second-team All-America honors in ’88 while making 112 tackles. Others from the ’88 championship roster headed to Hamburg are FL/TB Steve Belles, FL Pat Eilers, DL Bryan Flannery, DL Andre Jones, DL George Marshall and DB Brandy Wells.
Other headliners include TB Reggie Brooks (he rushed for 1,343 yards as the Irish MVP in ’92), TB Lee Becton (he rushed for 1,044 yards as a junior in ’93), QBs Terry Andrysiak (he started the ’87 campaign as the regular at that spot) and Pat Steenberge, and WR Kris Haines (the second-leading receiver on Notre Dame’s 1977 national title team).
There are four former Notre Dame captains on the roster — Green (1988), Becton (1994), DL Brian Hamilton (1994) and DL Melvin Dansby (1997).
Other former Irish players on the roster are FB Ken Barry, LB Kurt Belisle, DL Corey Bennett, OL Matt Brennan, LB Dave Butler, TE Kevin Carretta, WR Cikai Champion, DB Ivory Covington, DB John Covington, TE Mike Denvir, DL Reggie Fleurima, OL Tom Freeman, DB Bill Gibbs, DB Ty Goode, K Ted Gradel, WR Mike James, WR Clint Johnson, OL Rick Kaczenski, OL Jim Kordas, DL Pat Kramer, DB Tim Lynch and RB Dean Lytle.
Also participating are DL Alton Maiden, DL George Marshall, LB Karl McGill, DB Mark Monahan, RB Emmett Mosley, LB Jeremy Nau, OL Brendan O’Connor, P Scott Palumbo, OL Mike Perrino, OL Ron Plantz, DB Stephen Pope, LB Jeremy Sample, LB Jack Shields, RB Chris Smith, DL Darnell Smith, OL Jon Spickelmier, WR Charles Stafford and OL Greg Stec.
Coaching for the Irish will be Brian Boulac (an Irish assistant from 1970-82 and now an assistant athletic director), Mike Haywood (an Irish player from 1982-86 and currently an assistant coach at LSU), Skip Holtz (an Irish player in ’86, an Irish assistant from 1991-93, former head coach at Connecticut and currently offensive coordinator at South Carolina), Greg Mattison (Notre Dame’s current defensive coordinator), Peter Vaas (an Irish assistant in 1990-91 and now head coach of NFL Europe’s Berlin Thunder team), Brian White (a former Irish graduate assistant who is now offensive coordinator at Wisconsin) and Tony Yelovich (an Irish assistant from 1986-94 and now an assistant athletic director).