Notre Dame OL Steve Elmer leaves team for ‘other opportunities’

Notre Dame offensive lineman Steve Elmer has decided to leave the football program after he graduates in May and instead focus on other opportunities, according to a tweet from Elmer himself.

After 3 unforgettable years, I've decided to forgo my final season of athletic eligibility. I'll always be Irish!

— Steve Elmer (@Steve_Elmer) February 16, 2016

A former four-star recruit from Michigan, Elmer started 27 consecutive games for the Fighting Irish. According to a report from 247 Sports, Elmer received a job offer he simply couldn’t refuse and that is why he is forgoing his senior season. Considering how Elmer once had an internship under Congressman John Moolenaar, who represents Elmer’s hometown of Midland, it isn’t a huge surprise that he would turn down football to potentially have a career in a similar field.

Losing Elmer will be tough for Notre Dame fans to stomach but thankfully, coach Brian Kelly is a strong enough recruiter that he probably has someone waiting in the wings who will be just as strong at offensive guard, if not even better.

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