Badger leaving Notre Dame to serve mission

The announcement was posted on the freshman's Facebook page at precisely 9:57 a.m. on July 12.

"Well everybody. I haven't really told a lot of people, but my mission papers are finished and I'll be getting my call soon and hopefully leaving in August. After the mission it will be back to Notre Dame to finish my school and football career."

For Chris Badger, who usually posts his favorite quotes or scriptures, the decision to serve the Lord was a big one. The Internet proclamation meant the 18-year-old was putting his college football career at Notre Dame on hold to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years.

The large white envelope is expected to arrive any day now. For several days, friends and relatives have tried on Facebook to predict where Badger will serve. Most say Germany because Badger took five years of German in high school. His father served in Brazil, so South America wouldn't be so bad, he said.

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