Sunday, 06 January 2013 16:00
Ex-Steelers and Butler High grad Terry Hanratty will be a lot more nervous sitting in the stands tomorrow night watching Notre Dame play for the national championship than he was 46 years ago when he quarterbacked the Fighting Irish to the national championship: The reason: His son, Conor, will be playing for Notre Dame.
By Dave Ruden, Connecticut Post
NEW CANAAN -- The football field was a place of solace for Terry Hanratty. It was the easel where he painted his greatest masterpieces, the stage from which he commanded and earned his loudest applause.
"I never got nervous for games," Hanratty said. "Never once. In the locker room I would be making jokes. The hard part of the job was Monday through Friday. The fun part was Saturday. I was as loose as can be."
Perhaps it was such carefree abandon that allowed Hanratty to enjoy a stellar high school career as a quarterback in Pennsylvania, help lead Notre Dame to the national championship in 1966 and play for seven years in the NFL, including on two Super Bowl winners with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Hanratty admitted, however, that when he takes his seat Monday night at Sun Life Stadium in Miami to watch his alma mater in the BCS title game, his stomach will be churning, the same as when he was sitting in the stands at Dunning Field on Friday nights.
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