Jake Golic is a proud member of one of America's best-known football families, and the University of Cincinnati senior is fighting hard to continue his career.

A chronic back ailment seemed to terminate football for Golic in August 2013, when constant pain prompted the Notre Dame transfer to retire from UC preseason camp.

Yet, the son of former Notre Dame and NFL defensive lineman Mike Golic (of ESPN radio's "Mike and Mike" show) was not ready to quit entirely. One year and one successful stem cell procedure later, Jake Golic has rejoined the Bearcats here at Camp Higher Ground and has a chance to be the No. 1 tight end.

"Coming from my family background, it means an awful lot to me," Golic said. "I have a brother (offensive lineman Mike Golic Jr.) trying to make an NFL team right now, and he's in the same position I am. I'm trying to get a job for myself here. For both of us and my entire family, it means a heck of a lot to us."