A Former Colleague Remembered

SOUTH BEND, Ind. ---

We here at WNDU aren't the only ones who worked alongside Jeff Jeffers. Even his competitors are sharing their fond memories of Jeffers over the years.

"The mere thought of Jeff Jeffers makes me smile," Tim Prister of Irish Illustrated said. "That's how you felt about him every time you saw him."

Prister shares the same sentiment as a lot of folks who work in the sports media in Northern Indiana. They know as good as they may be at their job, they know they're not "The Dean."
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"I'm not sure you can imagine a Notre Dame sports scene without Jeff Jeffers," John Heisler, Notre Dame Senior Associate Athletic Director said. "I think anybody who had been around even on a peripheral level knew who Jeff was."

"What he did can't be duplicated," Bill Beck, former Elkhart Truth Sports Editor said. "It will never be duplicated."

To know Jeff is to see through the eyes of those he touched. Yes, they may have been competitors, but he had a soft spot for every one of them and never let his public persona or stature get in the way of that.

"He would come into a room and I would be on the other side of the room and I'd hear him say "TP," my initials," Prister said. "It didn't matter who was in the room. He's not a guy who someone's more important int he room to attend to. He'd call out my initials to let me know he saw me."

Jeff was the authority on Notre Dame football. He was the guy for covering the Irish.

"If Notre Dame had something going on, Jeff Jeffers knew about it," Beck recalls. "If I wanted to get my Notre Dame fix, you flipped on Jeff Jeffers. Not to the detriment of anyone else in the market but Jeff was the man. If he said it, you listened to it."

For most of these guys, working alongside Jeffers might as well have been a lifelong dream; working with "the Dean of Michiana sports."

"All I wanted to do was be that much of what Jeff Jeffers could do," Beck said, measuring his pinky. "We won't get that anymore. It's a piece of history. Jeff's a piece of history. If he was here, he would laugh at me for saying that. Sorry, Jeff. You are a piece of history. That's the way it is."

"If you got into a conversation about people or coaches or games or anything in the past, don't get in an argument with Jeff," Heisler said. "Because he was probably going to have the right answer."

"He's the voice and face of Notre Dame football," Prister said. "That's how he'll be remembered. That's exactly how he would like to be remembered."

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