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The Irish Outlook: Skowronek’s shot at Notre Dame

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FORT WAYNE'S NBC) - The list of Fort Wayne athletes who've donned the gold helmets goes on from Jaylon Smith to Tyler Eifert, and now Homestead grad, Ben Skowronek.

Ben Skowronek's parents describe him as competitive and relentless, two traits instilled in him at a young age, while he chased after his older brother.

Those characteristics set him up for success and a shot to play at Notre Dame.

Last winter, Skowronek entered the transfer portal as a Northwestern wide receiver.

He's eligible for one more year, after a severe ankle injury.

"He needed to prove that after his surgery on his ankle he was going to be 100% and play at the same level," Ben's dad, Dave Skowronek said.

Ben rebuilt his foundation, which surprisingly began at Coventry Taekwondo.

"I enrolled him thinking it would be a three month thing and five years later he had his black belt," Ben's mother, Jodi Skowronek said.

"Every sport require speed, quickness, balance, strength. It really connected his mind and body," Dave said.

The discipline and athleticism carried over years later.

"I got a tear in my eye the first time I saw a video of him running," Dave said.

"We just kept saying something better is going to come of this. Something better is going to come," Jodi said. "Notre Dame came along."

"That was a game changer," Dave said.

Ben began his career and first changed games at Homestead. Now he can alter outcomes for the Irish.

"He just feels it's the place that this team is going to be special. To follow in Chase Claypool's footsteps, Mike Boykin, some of those other players are important to him, but I think he know he needs to be Ben Skowronek."

And prove his fight isn't over yet.

"There's always going to be doubters, but the doubt fuels the fire," Dave said.

Skowronek's parents say Ben and Notre Dame quarterback, Ian Book became friends almost immediately.

Prepare to see that chemistry on the field this season.

Megan Salle

Megan Salle is the Sports Reporter and Weekend Sports Anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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