Notre Dame football starter turns down final year for career in DC –

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Steve Elmer will leave Notre Dame to start his career off the field. (USATSI)

Notre Dame offensive lineman Steve Elmer has decided to turn down his final year of collegiate eligibility to go pro … at something other than football.

Elmer has been a starter on the Irish offensive line since the start of the 2014 season, but while we have been tracking him on the field, he has been pursuing a career elsewhere. In a letter penned to Notre Dame fans, he explained his exit from the football program.

“I have no problems with the coaching staff, no academic issues, and no violations of team rules that normally come along with a statement like this. My reasons for cutting my playing career short have nothing to do with any negative experiences at Notre Dame; in fact, I would consider my commitment to this exceptional University the best decision I have ever made,” Elmer wrote. “Playing football here was a huge challenge, but I wouldn’t trade the experience of doing battle out there on that field with my brothers for anything.

“While playing football for Notre Dame has been nothing short of an honor, I have been presented with an incredible opportunity to pursue a career doing something in which I have great interest, and at a great company to boot. The experience of balancing Notre Dame’s academic rigors with my football commitments has given me a great foundation for my next endeavor. I will graduate from Notre Dame this May and start my professional journey this summer in the Washington, D.C. area.”

See, what most of the fans outside of the program have been missing is that Elmer spent this past summer interning for Michigan Congressman John Moolenaar and Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Kelly. That experience has sparked an opportunity for Elmer, and it’s encouraging to read his words of excitement and anticipation in this thoughtful note to fans.

But that doesn’t mean Elmer didn’t struggle with leaving behind the opportunity to start for Notre Dame for the third-straight season and compete for a College Football Playoff bid.

“If this sounds like it was a difficult decision for me, you would be right,” Elmer wrote. “My time at Notre Dame is something I will always cherish, leaving me with the best of friends and countless memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I owe so much to this University, not only for giving me the chance to play on college football’s biggest stage and preparing me for life beyond the game, but for helping to make me the man I am today. All I ask from you is that you trust me when I say I know that I have made the right decision.”

I encourage you to check out Elmer’s full note, titled “A Parting of Ways,” over at