Tony Rice was on the field for the first time in a while Saturday morning, trying out for the Notre Dame Japan Bowl team. Insights spent a few minutes with the last Irish quarterback to win the national championship.
Irish Insights: When you got the letter about the Japan Bowl, were you like 'I want to do this? Do I not want to do this?
Tony Rice: "I said I wanted to do it. Again, being able to represent the University of Notre Dame and given he chance to put the pads on one last time, you know, I'm glad to see some of the guys you read about and seen on TV so we can pass something on to the guys who are out there playing now that we can lace up and play ball as hard as we can like we did at Notre Dame, you guys can do it this year for 2009."
II: What have you been up to since you left Notre Dame? I know you've been around South Bend a bunch.
TR: "I have my life and health insurance license. I work for Global Financial Services, that's out of Chicago, and I have the whole United States for that job. You may see me here but you know what, it's time to take a little break and prepare for this game that's coming up in a couple months."
II: How'd you get involved in, not the game, but the real-life job?
TR: At first, I thought I couldn't sell anything. The only thing I'm selling is myself, so Jay Jordan, from Jordan Industries, really helped me out, putting me on the opposite side as a purchasing manager. The guys that I'm all buying from, they didn't really have a good product but they treated me nice. So I ended up buying from my friends so I reversed it, switched over.
II: Was it a really a worry for you?
TR: "You know what, if I can play for that little man (Lou Holtz), I can do anything. But I gotta rock and roll man."