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Ara Parseghian - Notre Dame Head Coach

Ara Parseghian: Tribute To A Notre Dame Football Legend

Ara’s Birth and Early Years Ara was born in Akron in 1923 to an Armenian Father and a French mother, both immigrants.  He was an intense kid, a fine student, and a dominant playground athlete, though his mom initially discouraged ...

#1 George Gipp: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

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 “unique” or it is not. There is no “somewhat unique.” ...

#2 Johnny Lujack: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#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 days after Rock and the Four Horsemen had defeated ...

#3 Leon Hart: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#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 Dame’s first “middle class”  recruits. A Multi-Sport Star; A Prized Recruit ...

#4 The Four Horsemen: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#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 sons and daughters are comfortable with the Doctrine of the ...
Angelo Bertelli - 1943 Heisman Trophy Winner

#5 Angelo Bertelli: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#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 all-time Notre Dame greats, was born to Italian immigrant parents. ...
Ross Browner - Notre Dame DE

#6 Ross Browner: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#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 prep defensive linemen in 1972 in Ohio.  One was Gary ...
John Lattner - 1953 Heisman Trophy Winner

#7 Johnny Lattner: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#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 wealth in the Chicago Catholic League. Leahy ventured to Oak ...
Tim Brown - Notre Dame Great Receiver

#8 Tim Brown: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#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 the ’70 Cotton Bowl. When Notre Dame broke the 45 ...
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#9 Paul Hornung: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#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 Recruitment: Frank Leahy vs. Bear Bryant Frank Leahy was in ...
Notre Dame CB - Luther Bradly

#11 Luther Bradley: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#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 for Ball Home Canning Jars (whence Ball State University) and ...
Jim Lynch - Notre Dame LB

#12 Jim Lynch: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#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, which was Notre Dame’s best since Leahy’s class of 1946. ...

#13 Alan Page: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#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 1963. Page was industrious in the high school classroom as ...

#14 Frank Carideo: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#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, Carideo was nearly monomaniacal about football. As a prep star, ...

#15 Creighton Miller: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#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 big back for his era, as he was 6’0” 195 ...

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