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The Irish Outlook: Eifert eyes new opportunity at Notre Dame

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FORT WAYNE'S NBC) - Tyler Eifert shined at as a Bishop Dwenger Saints football player. Now he's in his 8th season in the NFL, playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

But before becoming a pro, Eifert called off a stellar college career at Notre Dame.

Now his younger brother follows in his footsteps.

Running onto Shields field is exciting for a high school football player, but Griffin Eifert's new path will be racing out of the tunnel at Notre Dame Stadium.

The sound of screaming fans and a feeling Griffin's older brother, Tyler knows well.

"There's nothing better than running out of that tunnel," Tyler said.

"An unbelievable experience between the people that I met there, the experience in playing in some of the games."

Griffin gears up for a similar experience, committed to the Fighting Irish as a walk-on.

"Just growing up and watching my brother play there and being on campus weekend after weekend for four years. I just felt familiar with them," Griffin said.

"I don't think in his mind, just like when I was growing up, we didn't think we would have the opportunity to go to Notre Dame and be good enough to play football there," Tyler said.

Tyler soars beyond his own expectations.

After Notre Dame, he lands in the NFL.

"It's just a chip on my shoulder knowing that I have a legacy to fulfill," Griffin said.

"You have that drive as a walk-on to prove yourself that you belong,"."He's got his brothers that were successful in college. I'm sure he's got that extra motivation to do well for himself," Tyler said.

Tyler tells his brother to embrace his first year, learn from mistakes, and bring the intensity.

And when the load becomes heavy, Griffin reminds himself of that vision in the back of his mind.

"Running out of the tunnel, I always think about that when it gets tough," Griffin said.

The journey as a walk-on is a battle, but he's prepared.

It's in his blood.

"We all got his back," Tyler said.

Griffin's other brother, Grady Eifert, walked-on to the Purdue basketball team and became an important player in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

There's no doubt that Tyler and Grady will share advice with Griffin along the way.

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