WKTV - The Notre Dame Jugglers football team had a special guest for a Zoom video chat conference session as they were joined by former New York Giants fullback and Super Bowl champion, Henry Hynoski.
Hynoski played five seasons in the NFL for the Giants where he had 21 rushing yards, 133 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown while serving as the team's main blocker in the back field.
During the 45-minute call, Jugglers Head Coach Genaro Scampone, and various players took turns asking questions they had for the former NFL fullback touching upon various topics from football to life.
Hynoski discussed his time as a high school football player, himself, winning four Pennsylvania state championships in a row with Southern Columbia Area High School.
He also talked about his journey to the NCAA Division I ranks where he played for Pittsburgh for three seasons before declaring for the NFL Draft after his junior season.
The "Hynoceros" then shared how he tore his hamstring early in the NFL combine and, not being able to participate in the rest, went undrafted thinking his career was over. However, he ended up having offers post-draft from 18 different teams, choosing to sign with the Giants following a conversation with Tom Coughlin, the team's head coach at the time.
His story ended up being one that Jugglers players can be inspired by.
"I played [Super Bowl XLVI] on the same field where I tore my hamstring at the combine in Indianapolis and I thought my career was over," Hynoski said on the Zoom call. "In a matter of less than one year everything turned around and came full circle.
"The moral of the story is never give up and always follow your dreams."
Hynoski now coaches high school football at Shamokin Area High School back in Pennsylvania.
Notre Dame is coming off a tough 0-8 season in 2019 after losing a lot of seniors to graduation a year prior.
The team is hoping that Hynoski's story and getting advice from a championship-caliber NFL player can help to push them to new heights in 2020.