TJ Jones is the second player from his family to play for a national championship with Notre Dame.
He wishes the other one was still here to share the experience with him, as he and the top-ranked Fighting Irish prepare to play No. 2 Alabama for the BCS championship on Monday night in Miami.
Jones' father, Andre, was a defensive end on the last Fighting Irish team to win the national title in 1988. He died in June 2011 of a brain aneurysm. He was 42.
''I don't know if it's helped the healing process. There's a lot of things I wish I could have talked about (with him) to kind of figure out how to deal with things,'' TJ Jones said Friday. ''The mindset to take in certain situations. It's definitely helped me reminisce a lot about what we used to talk about and the times we used to have. But as far as healing, that's only time I guess.''
Andre Jones played for coach Lou Holtz from 1987-91. He played in 42 games and started fou...