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John Mazur

For those of you who missed it, the Boston Globe ran a story about former Irish QB John Mazur. John is in poor health with Parkinson's disease, and because of when he retired from professional football, his pension is only $1,500 per month. He and his wife, who has to work part-time to support them, are in desperate need of financial help.

You can read the story by clicking this link.

John brought a lot of acclaim to Notre Dame as one of Leahy's Lads, and had a long playing and coaching career in football. Given how much he's done for the Notre Dame family, the family should, in turn, do something for him now.

We strongly encourage everyone who can to make a donation to John and Bernadine Mazur. Since we're not setting up a trust or any kind of vehicle like that, your donation would be considered a gift rather than charitable. But this is the time of year to give gifts to family, and John is certainly part of your Notre Dame one.

Send donations to:

672 Cornwallis Drive
Mount Laurel NJ 08054-3217

Now is the time for all good Notre Dame men and women to come to the aid of one of their own. Merry Christmas to one and all.

Update: One of our posters, SanBarIrish, is a friend of the Mazurs, and posted this:

Still have a tear or two in my eyes. Surprisingly he had not seen the story in the Boston Globe which has prompted this response from all of you.

John would be most appreciative of any help we can give him. His spirits are low and he was quite emotional when I told him of our desire to give him a helping hand. He asked for God's blessing on all of you for your kindness in wanting to help.

Donations can be sent to John at his home address: (listed above)

Conincidentally I was at that 1971 game mentioned in the article with my Domer brother when John coached the New England Patriots to their first win, this one over the Oakland Raiders. I had planned to go down to the locker room after the game to see John but decided to pass, with the large crowd and all. When I told John I was at that game, he raised his voice a notch and said "Why didn't you come by?" Now I wish I had.

I told John I would check back with him in a couple of weeks. Hopefully we will have raised his spirits by then, and made him proud of his Notre Dame family.