Notre Dame Football History

George Connor - Notre Dame Lineman

#10 George Connor: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#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: 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 ...
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, ...

#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 ...

#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, ...

#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 ...

#16 Jaylon Smith: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#16 Jaylon Smith, Linebacker, 2013-2015 Notre Dame’s most athletic linebacker of all time also ranks, along with Luther Bradley, as one of the greatest natives of Indiana to ever don ...

#17 Raghib “Rocket” Ismail: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#17 Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, WR/KR/PR/RB 1988-1990 Notre Dame’s most explosive player ever was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but was a prep star at Elmer L. Meyers High School in ...
Tom Clements - Notre Dame QB

#18 Tom Clements: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#18 Tom Clements, Quarterback, 1972-1974 Born in McKees Rocks, Tom Clements was a multi-sport athlete at Canevin High School in Pittsburgh. Beyond being a prep football phenom, Clements was so ...

#19 Chris Zorich: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#19 Chris Zorich, Nose Tackle, 1988-1990 More Notre Dame fans have driven past Chris Zorich’s High School than that of any other member of the top 25. Zorich played high ...
Aaron Taylor - Notre Dame OT

#20 Aaron Taylor: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

#20 Aaron Taylor, Tackle , 1990-1993 Aaron Taylor was born in San Francisco, but his parents sent him to play high school football for the legendary Bob Ladoceur at DeLaSalle ...
Nick Buoniconti - Notre Dame

#21 Nick Buoniconti: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

Nick Buoniconti grew up as the son of immigrant Italian bakers in Springfield, MA. As a Catholic he attended Cathedral High School. There was a legend who had walked the ...

#22 Ken Macafee: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

The seeds of Notre Dame becoming “Tight End University” were planted by Leon Hart in 1946 and then watered and tended by Hart culminating when he reaped the crop and ...

Notre Dame & Michigan: A Rivalry Renewed

It’s official, Notre Dame and Michigan will play in 2018 and 2019. The 2018 game will be in South Bend and will likely be a primetime game on NBC. The ...

#23 Bill “Moose” Fischer: Notre Dame Football’s Top 25 Players

Bill Fischer made the short trek from Chicago and played for Hugh Devore’s ’45 team while Leahy and Lujack were in the service, and Leon Hart was making high school ...