|Chris Salvi's Italian pro football contract includes free pizza|
During Thursday’s practice I got to “warm up” my helmet - it came on a quick option to my left. I came screaming down hill to give a pop to our Italian running back. He sees me, and at the last second, lowers his helmet into mine. He’s ex-Italian military, a fearless dude and not going to just take a hit, he delivered one. I am definitely the one that took the blunt of that blow. It was good to feel some of the harsh realities of the sport. It’s something that is inevitable in this game, a reason why it’s so exciting.
Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of blogs that are being written by Notre Dame graduate Chris Salvi, who is playing his first year of professional football in the Italian Football League (IFL) with the Torino Gaguari - Jaguars in English. The IFL allows teams only two American football players. Salvi, who is 5-10, 180 pounds, plays free safety. What makes Salvi's story interesting is the fact that he was, in his words, "a Zero-Star" recruit who, a la Rudy, walked-on at Notre Dame. Unlike, Rudy Ruettinger, Salvi played a lot as a star special teams performer for the Fighting Irish. By his senior season, Salvi was awarded a scholarship by head coach Brian Kelly.