“My return to football is currently unknown.” That was part of the message Notre Dame linebacker David Adams posted to his Twitter account back on June 19, 2018 when he announced that his Fighting Irish football career was coming to a close, or at least being put on pause.
Fast forward to Monday, Feb. 15 and Adams is excited to say that he’s been given the green light to give football one more opportunity. While it won’t be at Notre Dame, as Irish Illustrated reported Monday morning that Adams had entered the Transfer Portal, the fact that he’s playing anywhere has everyone excited.
Adams first signed with Notre Dame as part of the 2017 class. He arrived on campus as the No. 229 overall player in the country, No. 1 inside linebacker and No. 7 recruit from Pennsylvania that cycle. 247Sports ranked him as a three-star recruit.
When first deciding where to go, Adams had scholarship offers from all over the country. Baylor, Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee and many others pushed to land him. However, it was defensive line coach Mike Elston who initially secured his pledge.
However, while at Notre Dame, things never got started for him and he battled injuries from day one. For someone who loves football as much as the 6-3, 235-pounder does, this was an extremely difficult time in his young life.
“I have made one of the toughest decisions of my life,” Adams originally posted on his personal Twitter account back in 2018. “At Central Catholic, we played 60 games over my 4 years there. After my senior year, I went onto play in the Under Armour All-American Game. I only missed 1 game due to having a very bad case of the Flu. I prided myself on always being ready for every practice and game. On Friday nights when the lights came on, I was always ready to go. I only know one way to play the game and that is as violent and fast as humanly possible. I sustained several injuries during my senior year, and I played through them all. Injuries followed me into my freshman year at Notre Dame, as well.
“Concussions, surgery on completely torn labrum in left shoulder, surgery on torn labrum, rotator cuff, and bicep tendon in right shoulder, surgery on knee, torn UCL in elbow, sprained MCL in knee, chronic severe shin splints, and chronic severe patellar tendinitis.
“After many discussions and consultations with my family, trainers, doctors, and coaches, I’ve decided to take a medical exemption. It absolutely kills me to walk away from football, my true love. However, these are circumstances that I cannot control. I’ve prided myself on my work ethic and have spent countless hours perfecting my craft to be the best player I could and can be. I need very specific and deliberate rehab and training to get my body back to where it once was and beyond. Coach Kelly and Notre Dame have been very supportive throughout all of this. I am very thankful that I will continue to be on full scholarship and be a part of the team and program. My return to football is currently unknown.”
As noted above, Adams has entered the Transfer Portal and will look to play elsewhere with a Notre Dame degree in hand.