With Christmas over it's time to once again focus on Notre Dame football and how Marcus Freeman and company are going to make the Fighting Irish better in the near future. When talking about the "company" Freeman keeps, that now includes new strength and conditioning coach Loren Landow.
Landow was officially named the Trematerra Family Director of Football Performance last week and there were plenty of Notre Dame football fans who were excited about the news when his name first surfaced.
It turns out that there are also plenty of former Notre Dame football players who are happy about the hire. Several of them have worked with Landow and believe that he was indeed the best hire for the job.
More than a few of them are also just happy that the Fighting Irish finally have a full time strength coach after having only had interim people in the position.
Thanks to his time in the NFL - he last worked with the Denver Broncos from 2018-2022 - it's not just former Notre Dame football players who believe Landow is among the best in the business.
Among the players Landow has worked closely with are San Francisco 49ers star Christian McCaffrey and Buffalo Bills edge rusher Von Miller. He's also worked with Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
None of those guys really understand what's best for Notre Dame or Notre Dame football tho. That's where guys like offensive lineman Ryan Harris comes into play. Harris recently talked to Irish Breakdown about his feelings on the new strength coach.
Ex-Notre Dame football stars heap praise on Loren Landow
"He is one of the best," Harris said. "I trained with him for seven years, including before and after winning the Super Bowl."
"I can attest from personal experience, there is no one better suited to fulfill the role and help Notre Dame be the preeminent leader in sports performance."
Landow clearly has the blessing of some important Notre Dame football alums. Now it's time to get to work.