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Friday, January 10, 2014
Troy Niklas' greatest hits

By Matt Fortuna

After the initial shock and reporting wave that surrounded Troy Niklas' departure to the NFL subsided, reality set in.

For Notre Dame, a tight end had been lost to the NFL.

For Irish beat reporters, our favorite interview is gone.

Troy Niklas
Troy Niklas never failed to entertain in interviews.
There was plenty of Twitter commentary among us throughout Thursday night, simply because there were few interviews like Niklas. One of my favorite stories that I wrote this season was about his sense of humor, which I was able to understand much better after speaking with his father, Don, as the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

You could hardly bring Troy's name up in front of teammates without a knowing smile flashing across their faces.

With that, we take a moment here to reflect on our favorite Niklas moments, in chronological order:
Farewell, Hercules. You will be missed.