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Don't be fooled by the cane...or the Polish name. Ed Gadawski's bar screams Fighting Irish.



"I can hear everything vibrating," says Ed's wife, Irene Gadawski.



When Notre Dame kicks off, Gadawski's Bar is a buzz.



"They have fun down there. Place shakes," explains Irene.



"We sit around, have a few pops, not regular pop, the other pop," says Ed. "Everybody loves Notre Dame that comes in here."



Even the mayor of Niagara Falls, Paul Dyster, makes an appearance.



Dyster remarks, "What other city is there in the United States where your leading Irishman is Polish and runs a Notre Dame bar?"



"I love people. I've loved people all my life and I'll never stop loving people, especially these people that come in here- kept me here so long," says Ed.



The family-owned bar has been around since World War I and for more than 60 years, Ed works the front line. Prior to serving a legion of Irish fans, Ed served in the United States Army.



"In 41, we were ready to get out and that's when the war broke out and then we stayed another six years," says Ed.



Ed was not a fighter, but his missions helped his country and his teammates. He remembers making a trip to Casablanca to pick up prisoners of war. However, not all of his comrades could be saved.



"The only thing that hurt were the people that- friends of mine that are gone. Great guys, they're all from the Falls," says Ed.



To say Ed is "lucky" would be cliché.



"Notre Dame pulled me through a few shots."



It would also be untrue.



"I still got big scars in there from 15, over 15 years now," says Ed.



Nearly 40 years ago, Ed was diagnosed with colon cancer. A man of love and peace had no other choice. He had to fight.



"It was a tough stretch, but god was with us."



Two years later, Ed's wife Irene was also diagnosed with colon cancer.



Irene recalls, "We went through it all, but it worked out real well."



"We went to Roswell (Park). Saved her life, saved my life," Ed says.



Ed and Irene fought cancer together. They both won. The day Ed was discharged from the hospital, he wore his Notre Dame pajama pants. And, as fate would have it, the same doctor who saved his life was a Notre Dame graduate.



"God's been good. Always been good to me and my family. And been good with Notre Dame, too," Ed remarks.



Dating back to 1924, Ed has been alive for Notre Dame's 11 national titles.



"I'm 92, I gotta beat my mother's age. She was 103. I gotta go past that. I figure about 105, then I'll pack it in."



As for a 12th championship, the wait continues.



"We cried a little bit but they had a hell of a season. They had a beautiful season," says Ed.



"If we win, if we lose as Notre Dame fans it doesn't matter cause we've always had each other and we've always been family," explains Ed's grandson, Tim Gawdawski.



Optimism runs in the family, and you don't have to listen close to hear why.



"Never give up guys. We got the best team in the country yet. We're gonna go undefeated next year. Guaranteed. EG said so."



Bottom line: Team Gadawski remains undefeated.

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