Watch: Football Player Plans to Be Police Officer Following Family Tragedy

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A rising University of Notre Dame sophomore who plays defensive back is looking to become a police officer for some very personal reasons.

Fighting Irish player, DJ Morgan might have a great career as a football player, but he tells NBC News affiliate, WNDU that he is hoping to be a police officer after his aunt was murdered.

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“She was murdered at a park in Englewood, California while holding my cousin in her hand when she was shot,” he said. “Still to this day, they have no idea who did it. So that kind of fueled me to want to be a homicide detective and bring closure to those families that need it.”

On Sunday, Morgan and the Irish football team will be playing a charity softball game in South Bend, Indiana at the Four Winds Field with local law enforcement, including the South Bend Police Department and Mishawaka Police Department.

“I have so much respect for law enforcement officers,” he said. “They go in — day in and day out — and put their lives on the line so we can have a safe life.”

Morgan is excited for a chance to speak with the officers and ask them questions about their job.

While the event is an opportunity to bring the community together, Irish cornerback, Nick Watkins is thankful for it — his father, Bryan Watkins, is a long time police officer himself.

“It’s just showing solidarity and showing community,” Watkins explained. “Showing that the police officers around town have our backs and we have their backs. Despite everything that's been going on, there are good cops out there.”

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