Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said at the start of this week that his job was going to be to coach football, and he was turning over some of the responsibility to motivate the team over to the Irish's leaders and seniors.
After each practice, three players have addressed the team and have been allowed to say whatever they want about being a Notre Dame football player, the season, really, whatever is in their hearts.
Center Eric Olsen said his message to the team would be simply to cherish the opportunity to play football at Notre Dame.
"Playing football at this place is really something special," Olsen said. "It's really an accomplishment for someone to do in their life.
"As far as the season goes, whatever's going to happen, whether it's postseason as far as a bowl game or stuff, doesn't really matter. You can't throw away any game. You're not going to have football forever. Whether you're going to go on to the NFL and play 10 years, or after this is over, high school, you don't have football forever. Whether you're a freshman or a senior, whether this is your last home game or the last home game of your first season, you got to cherish every game because you're never going to have them back, have this experience again. For me personally I know I'm trying to do that as much as I can."