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BCS Championship: Day 3 (Part 1)

Jan 4, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT

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During this bowl season, I’ve seen a few tweets about the amount of food that college football players have consumed during their organized team meals.

Last night, while Alabama enjoyed a barbecue on the beach, the Notre Dame football team went to the popular Brazilian steakhouse, Fogo de Chao. While I don’t have any exact measurement, or even as much as an estimation of how much was eaten, I can tell you one thing, the Fighting Irish did not leave hungry.

When the Irish arrived at the restaurant, Obie, the Orange Bowl mascot, greeted them outside the buses. Usually, it’s fans and young children who want their picture taken with the players, but this time, it was the student-athletes getting photos with the giant orange mascot.

After sitting down, several of the players went to the salad bar, while many just awaited the main course – various types of meat, all-you-can-eat style. From sirloin and filet mignon to lamb and bacon-wrapped chicken, the players enjoyed their share of delicious food.

The way Fogo de Chao works, everyone at the table has a flip card – red on one side and green on the other. As long as a guest’s card is on green, the waiters keep the food coming.

Following dinner, many of the players spent some time shopping in the area around the restaurant, before returning to the team hotel for the rest of the evening.

This morning, offensive coordinator Chuck Martin and a few of the Irish’s offensive players spoke with the media at the Harbor Beach Marriott.

Fighting Irish Digital Media will have much more coming today, but first, here are a couple of videos from yesterday – including a look back at practice and a recap of the team’s first 36 hours in the Sunshine State. As always, our BCS video updates are brought to you by our friends at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

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