Member of Notre Dame ’88 National Title Team, Andre Jones Passes Away

Some very sad news out of South Bend to pass on today.

Andre Jones, a starter on the 1988 University of Notre Dame team (their most recent college football national championship team) died this morning in Atlanta at the age of 42. He suffered a brain aneurysm yesterday.

Jones is the father of current ND wide receiver TJ Jones. TJ finished his freshman year of 2010 with 23 receptions (five each versus Navy and Tulsa) for 306 yards, including scoring catches against Purdue, Michigan and Navy. He started seven games and played in 12.

Andre Jones played outside linebacker for former Irish coach Lou Holtz from 1987-90.

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Get to know the name of Fighting Irish wideout T.J. Jones

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Freshman wideout T.J. Jones was ranked the #20 freshman in the nation by Phil Steele. Last weekend, Jones became just the second Notre Dame freshman to record a receiving touchdown in a season opener (Michael Floyd, 2008 vs. San Diego State.) The five-yard touchdown reception with 10:20 left in the third quarter to gave Notre Dame a 20-3 lead. The TD catch was, obviously the first of his career.

“A great win for our confidence under a new coach, and a new offense, a great morale builder for next week. We felt comfortable, and ready to play even though we only had  a short time to learn these schemes,” Jones said after his memorable debut game.

Then against Michigan in week two, Jones broke an even bigger play, a 54 yard TD reception from a returning QB Dayne Crist. Which “woke up the echoes” in South Bend and changed momentum.

By Paul M. Banks

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