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Notre Dame Football: Captain offensive lineman Joe Alt declares for the NFL Draft

Thanks for being awesome, Joe

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On Wednesday, Notre Dame fans got the news we all knew was coming eventually this month. Joe Alt, one of Notre Dame’s 2023 captains and the best left tackle prospect to come out of South Bend since Ronnie Stanley, will forego both the Sun Bowl and his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.

Joe’s statement:

“What a ride it has been! From wearing 45 as a tight end to 76 as a left tackle. I am truly grateful for all of the memories at this university and all of the friends made on and off the field. I want to thank God for the ability he has blessed me with and the opportunities he presented me with here at Notre Dame. Thank you to all my teammates who have allowed me to grow as a football player and as a man. Thank you to all of my coaches for their sacrifices to help me to develop in this sport and in life. Finally, I want to thank my parents and family. The conversations behind the scenes and motivation to push through adversity is what has gotten me here today.”

“Saturdays in Notre Dame Stadium playing for the Notre Dame fans is what I will remember the most. Truly the best fan base in America.”

“In my heart, I know it is time for me to take the next step on this journey. I would like to officially announce that I will be declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft and be opting out of the bowl game.”

“I am excited to get down to El Paso to watch the Sun Bowl and support my Notre Dame family! Looking forward to seeing all of Irish Nation there!”

“Love Thee”

Alt is projected to be at least a top 10 pick — if not somewhere in the top 5. His decision is a no-brainer, but it’s also a little heartbreaking. Our former 3-Star tight end that Notre Dame finally went to as almost a last option at left tackle in 2021 is now one of the best in business — and he’s gone.

Good luck Joe!