Blue and Gold Illustrated

December 2023

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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16 DECEMBER 2023 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED BY TODD D. BURLAGE T im Schrauth provides a quick and no-bull answer when he's asked about the expectations he holds for his son Billy Schrauth at Notre Dame, and they have nothing to do with football. It would be easy for a proud papa to get caught up in the hype and headlines when Billy — a sophomore Irish offen- sive lineman — earned his first career start against Wake Forest Nov. 18. Instead, the elder Schrauth takes a drastically different approach. "If you look at the big pie chart of life, football is going to be such a thin slice, and I truly believe that," he shared with a warm chuckle. "Yeah, Billy's a football player. But truthfully, that doesn't mean jack squat to me compared to him being a good person. Just because you're on the field at Notre Dame doesn't mean you're better than anybody else." Tim's message of respect and hard work is a consistent one that has been ingrained in Billy and each of the seven other children in his family all the way back to when as youngsters they'd all pitch in around the family's cattle farm in rural Campbellsport, Wis. It's a lesson that Billy brought with him to Notre Dame as a freshman in NO COMPROMISE From Family Farm To Football Field, Billy Schrauth Takes No Shortcuts Schrauth made his first career start for Notre Dame at right guard against Wake Forest Nov. 18. PHOTO BY CHAD WEAVER

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