Heisman Trophy Winners

During the 2014 off-season, UHND.com will be profiling all seven of the Notre Dame legends who have won the Heisman Trophy.  Posting will begin in early June and will continue through July right up to the start of the 2014 Notre Dame football season.  Read in-depth bios of all seven Irish Heisman winners including how they got to Notre Dame, their winning seasons, and what they did after winning college football’s most coveted award.

Angelo Bertelli - 1943 Heisman Trophy Winner

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Angelo Bertelli – 1943

Angelo Bertelli was from “central casting,” a classic notre Dame story. Bertelli was born in West Springfield, Massachusetts to Italian immigrant parents. He matriculated at Springfield’s Cathedral High and was All State in football, baseball and hockey, while finding time to be the Senior class president… Read our full Angelo Bertelli Bio.

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Photo: Notre Dame Media Relations

Johnny Lujack – 1947

John Lujack was born and raised in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh.  Lujack was a four sport athlete at Connellsville, and was an RKG, graduating as both the Valedictorian and Senior Class President of Connellsville ’42.  Five years later, Johnny Lujack would become the 2nd Heisman Tropy Winner in Notre Dame football history.  Read our full Johnny Lujack Bio.

(Photo: Notre Dame Media Relations)

(Photo: Notre Dame Media Relations)

Leon Hart – 1949

Hart was born in Pittsburgh, and was recruited to Notre Dame from Turtle Creek, PA, just Southeast of Pittsburgh.  Hart’s recruiting had some drama. Leahy had assigned the wonderful Moose Krause to recruit Hart and he had been on him like basmati on rice. Hart had not yet visited Notre Dame.  Read our full Leon Hart Bio.

John Lattner - 1953 Heisman Trophy Winner

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John Lattner – 1953

While Leahy was running and prospering with the T-formation at Notre Dame, Lattner was running the single wing at Fenwick and was intrigued about playing for the Maize and Blue and running the single wing with which he was familiar.Lattner started to get his Irish up when people chided him that he’d never play a down at Notre Dame. Remember, Lattner’s senior season at Fenwick was 1949.  Read our full John Lattner Bio.

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Photo: Notre Dame Media Relations

Paul Hornung – 1956

Paul Hornung’s path to the Heisman Trophy was filled with intrigue, surprise and adventure, and finished in what is arguably the most controversial Heisman Trophy Award. Hornung was a legendary schoolboy athlete at Flaget High in Louisville. Jim Murray, the iconic LA sportswriter, once described Louisville, the captive of the tobacco and bourbon cartels, as “America’s Bar Rag.”
Read our full Paul Hornung Bio

John Huarte - Notre Dame Heisman Winner

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John Huarte – 1964

NOBODY saw this one coming! John Huarte was from California, a prized prospect from an emerging Catholic prep school, Santa Ana Mater Dei, which would later produce Heisman honoree Matt Leinart of the Cardinal and Gold of USC. But Huarte’s talents went unrecognized by Joe Kuharich and Hugh Devore.
Read our full John Huarte Bio.


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Tim Brown – 1987

otre Dame was in a 24 year Heisman drought, its longest since the award was established in 1935. Then Tim Brown ended the drought when he won his Heisman in 1987. Notre Dame’s first 6 winners were Caucasians. Four had attended legendary Catholic High Schools. Neither was true with Tim Brown. But 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 the ’70 Cotton Bowl. When Notre Dame broke the 45 year self-imposed boycott of the bowls, it did so in Dallas.
Read our full Tim Brown Bio