April 12, 2016
Former Fighting Irish All-American and NFL veteran Jeff Faine (’03, football) will be the featured alumni speaker at the Monogram Club’s Spring Monogram Jacket Ceremony, which will take place Tuesday, April 19 inside Club Naimoli. Faine, a center, earned three Monograms during his playing days with the Irish before going on to a 10-year NFL career.
As a senior in 2002, Faine copped first-team All-America honors from The Sporting News and ESPN.com. Faine also earned the Nick Pietrosante Award, which is given to the Irish player who best exemplifies courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and pride as voted by his teammates. The Sanford, Florida native started in all 35 games he played in during his Notre Dame career. He graduated in May of 2003 with a degree in film, television and theatre from the College of Arts and Letters.
The Cleveland Browns selected Faine in the first round (21st overall selection) of the 2003 NFL Draft. Following three seasons in Cleveland, Faine was traded to the New Orleans Saints where he was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2007. He went on to play four seasons (2008-11) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before finishing his career in 2012 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Faine played in 125 NFL games and started all but one of those contests.
Faine currently is a managing partner at Iron Lion Financial.
Also taking to the podium at the ceremony will be Fighting Irish men’s soccer goalkeeper Chris Hubbard (’17) and Notre Dame senior deputy athletics director Missy Conboy (’82, basketball). Hubbard, who will be receiving his Monogram jacket that evening, is the featured student-athlete speaker, while Conboy will deliver remarks on behalf of the athletics department.
The Monogram Jacket Ceremony was established in 2008 as a way to honor first-time Monogram winners. Monograms are presented to student-athletes from all 26 varsity sports at Notre Dame plus managers, athletic trainers, cheerleaders, video technicians and honorary recipients. The spring event recognizes student-athletes and support staff from the fall sports, while the fall ceremony honors the winter and spring sports.
The Monogram Club currently is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Club was founded in 1916 by former Notre Dame athletic director and head football coach Jesse Harper and then assistant football coach Knute Rockne.
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