Mike Loftus is a longtime Illinois business executive who leads MLE Merchandising & Sign Solutions, Inc., and serves the needs of retail and commercial clients nationwide. He directs turnkey MLE projects that often require custom sign production and installation at dozens of sites for major clients, from restaurants to financial institutions. An avid sports fan, Mike Loftus particularly enjoys the college bowl season and is a longtime Notre Dame football fan.
One of the standouts of the current Fighting Irish team is quarterback DeShone Kizer, who recently given received advice from Tony Rice. The latter player led his team to a 28-3 record while starting Notre Dame quarterback in the late 1980s and went onto a successful Canadian Football League career. Both players share a number of common traits, including having been first thrust into the collegiate spotlight in South Bend when the starting quarterback got injured. Both are also known as dual threats in the passing and running arenas.
Rice’s advice to Kizer, a young quarterback who experienced profound ups and downs during the 2015 season, is to keep his head straight and ignore the hype that surrounds each game. Rather, the focus should be on staying steady and taking one play at a time, knowing that the entire team is there to provide needed support.