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Eifert's big decision

Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, a former Bishop Dwenger standout, didn't give his parents a lot of warning that he was filing his paperwork to be evaluated for the NFL draft.

The junior simply called his parents, Greg and Julie, and told them that he did it. And that was just fine with Greg Eifert.

"Julie and I had talked about it and said we weren't going to pressure him on it and leave it to him to bring it up to us," Greg Eifert said. "We had been discussing it ourselves and were going to leave it in his hands as far as if he wanted to pursue it. In all reality, somebody in his position it is not uncommon to do this and have this evaluation done. It is something he should have done."

But it wasn't always easy not to talk to their son about the decision to stay in school or leave early for the NFL draft.

"It's difficult, but we both decided that we weren't going to push that on him," Greg Eifert said. "Really what we want to do is wait until he is done with the season and had time to worry about it and think about it on his own.

"He's been very open about it and has talked to us about it. He just wants to gather as much information as he can and make a very good decision for himself."

No matter what Eifert decides after this season is over, he will likely have a future in the NFL. That is a reality that didn't hit his parents until about a third of the way through this season, and it is an exciting one.

"Julie and I were just talking about it today, that can you believe that this is really going to happen. That there is a possibility that he could really be playing on Sundays," Greg Eifert said. "This is getting serious"

For more on Tyler Eifert's thoughts on his decision to stay or leave, read Sunday's Journal Gazette or return to after 3 a.m.