Being a two-sport athlete will always get you some interesting looks. Some people may look at you like you are crazy for taking on such a responsibility, while others will praise you for being determined to show off your athletic prowess.
Former Notre Dame lacrosse star Nick Ossello is no different.
Ossello was two-sport athlete, playing both lacrosse and football, at Wheat Ridge High School in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. He was both an All-American in lacrosse and an all-state player in football. He had multiple offers from top-tier lacrosse programs like Syracuse, Denver, and Notre Dame.
He chose to continue his lacrosse career with the latter school. His dreams of continuing his football career were all but over.
Or so he thought.
According to the Denver Post, Ossello, who was drafted by the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, learned of a fifth year of eligibility being available to two-sport athletes. He decided he would forgo joining the Outlaws and try to play one year of football while he had the opportunity.
Montana head coach Bob Stitt tried to recruit Ossello in football when he was the coach with the Division II program Colorado Mines, so he decided he would go after him again. Ossello had committed to play for the Grizzlies before Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly caught wind of the decision.
Ossello, who hasn’t played football since 2010, will be joining the Fighting Irish after playing four years for their lacrosse team. Ossello’s family is obviously excited for him and his chances of seeing the field.
“How cool is that, man?” Nick’s father, Steve Ossello said. “It sounds like he’s going to see the field, which is pretty awesome.”
Ossello played both quarterback and safety in high school and he is listed as his latter position on the Irish’s roster. While he may not see the field for the defense, he is looking to land a starting role on the special teams.
“It’s been a dream of mine as long as I can remember, and now I’m actually here, playing big-time college football,” Ossello said. “But I knew what I was getting into. One summer and then a camp isn’t enough to fully understand the Notre Dame defensive playbook. Just the pass-coverage terms is like 127 words long. They do an unbelievable job of covering every single scenario, and I didn’t have enough time to fully understand and learn the playbook.”
What an awesome story this is. Good luck to Nick. Hopefully he will be able to make some big plays for the Irish this season.
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