The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program has seen a significant improvement in toughness, and to be honest, it also makes them much easier to support. The Fighting Irish have officially added 30-year-old Eric Goins to the roster as the team’s newest kicker in the most American move ever made.
Notre Dame Football Signed A 30-Year-Old Army Vet
Goins last participated in college football for The Citadel in 2015 before enlisting in the Army. He graduated from high school in 2012 (!!!).
However, things will be a bit different in 2024 because the Fighting Irish are going all out Americana, and their kicker, Eric Goins, a 30-year-old veteran of the Army, will be joining them.
Eric Goins was a great kicker at The Citadel and we had the pleasure of getting to watch him kick during our time at The Citadel.
Notre Dame got a good one. https://t.co/v6OPuPn9WV
— Southern Rivals Football Show 🎙️ (@srfootballshow) January 24, 2024
After serving seven years in the US Army, Eric Goins, a 2025 MBA candidate at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, walks on as a member of the Fighting Irish. Over eight years have passed since the game he believed would be his last, and now he is in his last year of collegiate football.
Before moving to South Bend in August, Goins graduated from The Citadel in September 2016 and joined the military as a Second Lieutenant. After serving for four years as a Signal Corps Officer, he was promoted to Captain and then became a First Lieutenant.
Notre Dame's new kicker graduated high school in 2012.
He last played college football in 2015. Eric Goins, a 30-year-old veteran, joins the Fighting Irish after seven years in the U.S. Army!
— BroBible (@BroBible) January 24, 2024
Goins made the following social media announcement earlier this week about his return to the college ranks:
“In my last year of eligibility as an NCAA student-athlete, I will be playing football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the 2024 football season,” he wrote.
“As I felt I was approaching the time to conclude my military service, I wanted to become a more well rounded and skilled leader for whatever my next calling will be,” he wrote on the website profile. “Graduate school seemed like a natural starting point for that. I chose Notre Dame because I value how the Catholic faith is the foundation that this University was built upon and continues to stand on.
Former Citadel kicker Eric Goins has joined Notre Dame's football team after seven years in the Army.https://t.co/Z64tU0oJwr
— The Post and Courier (@postandcourier) January 23, 2024
“I plan to complete the MBA/MGA dual degree here since I feel that US foreign policy and global financial markets are what can be best leveraged to promote lasting peace in the world. This objective is where I currently feel most compelled to direct my skills and abilities towards.”
With one year of eligibility left after a redshirt season in 2012, Goins, now 30 years old, will make his football comeback as a Golden Domer. His choice to enroll as a walk-on in the Notre Dame football team was explained in writing, which is a testament to his strong moral fiber.
Eric Goins, 30, will be vying for the starting kicker position at Notre Dame starting this spring when he’s not doing that.
Eric Goins, who played at The Citadel from 2012-15 and spent the next seven years in the United States Army, is joining Notre Dame football as a walk-on kicker.@jacksoble56 has the story. https://t.co/J6xXgML5TQ pic.twitter.com/jiQqVKCNZZ
— BlueandGold.com (@BGInews) January 22, 2024
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