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Notre Dame Adding SEC Transfer Whose Father, Grandfather Played For Fighting Irish

Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish leaves the field after a game against the Temple Owls.

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish leaves the field after a game against the Temple Owls at Notre Dame Stadium on September 2, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. The Irish won 49-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

New transfer Keenan Sweeney may be a recent addition to the Notre Dame roster. However, his name will probably be familiar to a bunch of Fighting Irish fans. He is set to become a third generation player for ND.

Sweeney has played the majority of his college career at Auburn. The fullback began as a walk-on, earning a scholarship ahead of the 2016 season. He played in nine games over the last two seasons for the Tigers.

Now, he will be a graduate transfer for Notre Dame. He made the big announcement via social media.

Sweeney's full post is to his private Instagram account. The caption is available when accessed through the Twitter link, though:

“Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.” -Bo Jackson
Very excited to say I’ll be attending the University of Notre Dame to get my masters in Global Health. No better way to finish my football career at the university I grew up loving. Go Irish!"

Transfer Keenan Sweeney's father was the starting fullback at Notre Dame.

John Sweeney was a very effective lead blocker for the 1979 Fighting Irish as a freshman. That season, Vagas Ferguson set the program record with 1,437 rushing yards.

He went on to play four years for Notre Dame. He graduated in 1983.

John Sweeney's father, Keenan's grandfather, also played for Notre Dame. He was a walk-on in the 1940s.

Keenan Sweeney's brother is also a Notre Dame athlete who transferred in from an SEC school. Aiden Sweeney is a swimmer for the Fighting Irish, after joining the team from Georgia.

It is unclear what Sweeney's role with Notre Dame will be. However, most Notre Dame fans have to appreciate adding a third-generation player, in any role.