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Notre Dame Football

Yoon Celebrates Birthday By Breaking Career Points Record

October 7, 2018
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Notre Dame kicker Justin Yoon became a fan favorite after his first kick against Texas in 2015. Yoon’s first three points of his career gave the Irish a 17-0 lead on Texas, and 318 points later he broke Allen Pinkett’s record for career points on an extra point in the fourth quarter during Notre Dame’s 45-23 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday night. 

“I wasn’t thinking about it much,” Yoon said following the game. “We were just trying to win a game on the road against a tough opponent in Virginia Tech. They held their own, but we were able to win it.”

The Nashville native was greeted on the sideline by his teammates congratulating him, and that’s the moment where Yoon knew he had broken the record. 

“When I made it, everyone started coming after me,” laughed Yoon. “They started hitting me in the head, and that’s when I began to realize it. 

“It’s a great honor. It’s awesome I had this chance and the ability to break the record. I have nothing else to say. It’s phenomenal.” 

In typical fashion, Yoon was quick to point out and thank the people who helped him break the school record, which was set in 1985.

“Everyone has supported me, and without them, I couldn’t have done it,” Yoon explained. “All the guys and all coaches. The nutritionists to the strength staff got me here along with Coach (Brian) Polian. He’s helped me a lot. 

“John Shannon is a phenomenal snapper, and he did his job. He helped me get to where I am right now. Ian Book and all the linemen up front. The 10 guys in front of me doing their job led me to this."

Sunday is also Yoon’s 23rd birthday and breaking the Notre Dame career points record is a gift the senior will gladly accept. 

“It’s pretty awesome,” said Yoon. “I didn’t even realize it. I was playing the game as I always do. It’s a great feeling and a great way to celebrate it. I’m happy with, and I’m glad we got the victory. That’s the most important thing.” 

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