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New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium

Is Notre Dame's Joe Romano a new 'Rudy' in the making?

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If Saturday's New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium is like years past, it should be an exciting game when Notre Dame clashes with Rutgers. It's history in the making.

And so is the story of a walk-on player named Joe Romano. The 5-feet 9-inch, 180-pound senior, number 35, has practiced with the Irish for four years but never played in a game. Saturday, he may get his shot.

Joe comes from a long line of Notre Dame alumni. His story is reminiscent of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, whose story was made into the movie "Rudy."

So, will history repeat itself? Joe's family hopes so. But they're just proud he's there.

Kickoff for the pinstripe bowl is 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

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