Notre Dame teams to commemorate Hesburgh legacy

FILE - The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, talks about his experiences over 90 years of life at his desk in the Hesburgh Library on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in this Sept. 24, 2007 file photo. The priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame into an academic power during his 35 years in charge while also serving as an adviser to popes and presidents died Thursday night Feb. 26, 2015 at age 97 according to University spokesman Paul Browne. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame says Irish sports teams will commemorate the legacy of long-time university President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh with “Fr. Ted” patches or stickers on uniforms, warm-ups or helmets.

Hesburgh died Thursday night at age 97. He was Notre Dame’s president for 35 years.

The university athletics department said Friday that moments of silence will be observed before home events in each of Notre Dame’s 26 varsity sports.

It also says commemorative signage for each Notre Dame home athletic venue will be created in the near future.

The official Notre Dame athletics web site,, will beginning Sunday feature a variety of content related to Hesburgh’s connection with athletics, including video, print and still photo elements. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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