Notre Dame Football History

George Gipp, HB, QB, P, DB, KR PR, 1917-1920 Unique – adj. being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.  It is an absolute, binary term. Something is either ...

#2 Johnny Lujack, QB/DB 1942-1943, 1946-1947 Connelsville’s All-American Boy Johnny Lujack was born in Connellsville on January 3, 1925. He was born under a good sign as that was just ...

#3 Leon Hart, TE/DE 1946-1949 Leon Hart was the strapping son of a Westinghouse Crane operator who lived in Pittsburgh’s Southeast suburb of Turtle Creek.  He was one of Notre ...

#4 -Four Horsemen, Backs. 1921-1924 Harry Stuhldreher, Don Miller, Elmer Layden, Sleepy Jim Crowley The Four Horsemen are a single entity.  As a Catholic University, Notre Dame and its true ...
Angelo Bertelli - 1943 Heisman Trophy Winner

#5 Angelo Bertelli, QB, 1940-1943 Angello Bertelli was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA to Italian immigrant parents.  A generation later, also in Springfield, Nick Buoniconti, #21 on our list of ...
Ross Browner - Notre Dame DE

#6 Ross Browner, DE, 1973, 1975-1977 Ross Browner was a high school phenom at Western Reserve High School in talent-rich Warren, Ohio. ROSS BROWNER’S PROPHET-GREG BLACHE There were two great ...
John Lattner - 1953 Heisman Trophy Winner

#7 Johnny Lattner, HB/DB 1950-1953 As Frank Leahy was looking to replenish the glistening treasure of the ’46 recruiting class that was finally depleting in 1949, he looked to the ...
Tim Brown - Notre Dame Great Receiver

#8 Tim Brown, WR/RB/KR/PR, 1984-1987 Tim Brown may have been unique in that he might have been influenced by Notre Dame’s Bowl Appearances, which began after the ’69 season, with ...
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#9 Paul Hornung, QB 1953-1956 Paul Hornung was a legendary schoolboy athlete at Flaget High in Louisville.  Hornung eventually became a member of the High School Hall of Fame. Hornung’s ...
George Connor - Notre Dame Lineman

#10 George Connor, OL/DL/LB, 1946-1947 George Connor may have had the most unusual recruitment of any player on this hallowed list. He was in Notre Dame’s back yard and was ...
Notre Dame CB - Luther Bradly

#11 Luther Bradley, DB 1973, 1975-1977 Luther Bradley was recruited from Muncie to join the Irish in 1973. Muncie had not been known for football players; it was more famous ...
Jim Lynch - Notre Dame LB

#12 Jim Lynch, Linebacker, 1964-1966 Jim Lynch was recruited from Lima Central Catholic as part of the ever loyal Hugh Devore’s parting gift to Notre Dame: the 1963 freshman class, ...

#13 Alan Page, Defensive End, 1964-1966 Alan Page was a High School All-America at Canton Central Catholic when he was recruited by Hugh Devore to come to Notre Dame in ...

#14 Frank Carideo, quarterback 1928-1930 A native of Mount Vernon, New York; Frank Carideo was compact at 5’7” 175 pounds. While many of Notre Dame’s early legends were multi-sport athletes, ...

#15 Creighton Miller, Halfback 1941-1943 Creighton Miller was the nephew of Don Miller, one of the Four Horsemen, and perhaps the first legacy player at Notre Dame. Miller was a ...