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Robert Hainsey

University of Notre Dame
Robert Hainsey


Hainsey owns a 3.28 GPA over his undergraduate career, and as a true senior, is expected to graduate this year. He has a major in finance in the Mendoza College of Business, one of the nation’s top-ranked business schools.  


Hainsey was named a team captain for the second-consecutive season in August. Just 23 other players in the 132-year history of Notre Dame Football have served multiple seasons as a captain. He has also served as a four-time ‘SWAT’ leader (captains a group of teammates through spring and summer workouts and training). 


Hainsey was a member of Notre Dame’s Rosenthal Leadership Academy, which develops and enhances strong leadership with programming for emerging and existing leaders. Student-athletes are nominated by peers and confirmed by coaching staffs. The program supports skill-building, self-awareness, commitment to institution and team goals, and empathy and perspective-taking, allowing student-athletes to consider issues beyond those that directly affect themselves. 


A four-year starter, Hainsey is a member of one of the best, if not the top, offensive lines in college football. He has been named ACC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week once already this season, and over his career, he has started 28 games. In 2019, he was named Notre Dame’s Offensive Lineman of the Year for a season in which he did not allow a sack on 423 snaps (252 pass plays) and conceded just two QB hits and six QB hurries, even as his season was cut short due to injury after starting the first eight games. 

In 2018, Hainsey started all 13 games in a season that saw Notre Dame make an appearance in the College Football Playoff. The offense totaled 5,721 yards of total offense with 3347 passing yards (8.0 avg) and 2,374 rushing yards (4.4 avg), with the Irish outscoring opponents 408-237. As a freshman, Hainsey saw action (and started one game) for an offensive line that won the coveted Joe Moore Award, given annually to the “toughest, most physical offensive line in the country.”