Notre Dame Fighting Irish news: CJ Carr's NIL charity work, great calls it a career, more

  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish star using NIL dollars to help pediatric brain cancer research.
  • Audric Estime in a Broncos uniform.
  • Irish great calls it a career.
Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

There are many Notre Dame Fighting Irish stories about what NIL deals players have made since that sort of thing was allowed. There have been some interesting pairings and some cool stories to come from them, but none hold a candle to freshman quarterback CJ Carr and what he was able to do with his most recent NIL deal.

Carr signed an NIL deal last week with Napleton's Countryside Mazda, where he now drives their 2024 Mazda CX-50 while promoting the dealership's vehicles. Beyond just advertising their cars, he is also supporting a cause that has personally touched his family—pediatric brain cancer.

Eight years ago, Carr lost his little brother Chad to a rare form of brain cancer called DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). In Chad's honor, Carr's family established a non-profit organization called the ChadTough Foundation. According to On3 NIL, the Napleton family also suffered a similar tragedy last year when they lost their daughter Violet to DIPG.

Carr said that he's obviously excited about the cars he gets to drive but it's the fact that the NIL he's partnered with has the same kind of charity near and dear to their hearts.

While some people don't like what NIL represents, this is one of those stories where NIL money does some good.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach calls it a career

Longtime Notre Dame softball coach Deanna Gumpf officially announced her retirement on Thursday. It's truly the end of an era. That era lasted 23 seasons in South Bend.

Gumpf leaves as the winningest coach in school history in any sport with 882 wins and 21 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. 

First look at Audric Estime with Denver Broncos

While former Notre Dame Fighting Irish star Audric Estime is busy trying to earn a spot on the Denver Broncos, he was part of a shoot that showed off some of the new uniforms in the NFL. Though it's a brief glimpse, you can check out the running back wearing his new team's duds in the tweet above.