Notre Dame Football History

  • Photo of Notre Dame – Michigan Football Rivalry History

    Notre Dame – Michigan Football Rivalry History

    The Notre Dame-Michigan series has been historic, strange, dramatic, oft-disrupted and filled with dysfunctionality.

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  • Photo of Notre Dame’s 1973 National Championship

    Notre Dame’s 1973 National Championship

    1972 had ended dismally. USC had thrashed our Fighting Irish 45-23. Anthony Davis, the first player who appeared in a Nike ad, scored six touchdowns to key the victory of…

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  • Photo of Notre Dame’s 1988 National Championship

    Notre Dame’s 1988 National Championship

    Here we celebrate the Silver Anniversary team, Holtz’ champions of the 1988 season. 1987-Pre-Championship year Deja vu 1987 had ended with the taste of ashes. Stirring victories over Michigan, SC…

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  • Photo of John Huarte

    John Huarte

    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…

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  • Photo of Paul Hornung

    Paul Hornung

    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…

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  • Photo of Notre Dame’s 1977 National Championship

    Notre Dame’s 1977 National Championship

    “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.” George Orwell, Animal Farm Well at Notre Dame, all national championships are different but some are more different than…

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  • Photo of John Lattner

    John Lattner

    It seemed that Notre Dame’s Heisman Trophy winners were following a Westward sojourn.  Angelo Bertelli, from Springfield, MA, was the first and next was John Lujack of Connellsville in Western PA.…

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  • Photo of Irish History 101: Leon Hart, 1949 Heisman Winner

    Irish History 101: Leon Hart, 1949 Heisman Winner

    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…

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  • Photo of Leon Hart

    Leon Hart

    Leon Hart was a big player for Notre Dame.  He was actually the BIGGEST Heisman Trophy Winner of all time. Hart was born in Pittsburgh, and was recruited to Notre…

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  • Photo of Irish History 101: Johnny Lujack, 1947 Heisman Winner

    Irish History 101: Johnny Lujack, 1947 Heisman Winner

    Last week we profiled Angelo Bertelli.  This week we move on to Notre Dame’s 2nd Heisman Winner, Johnny Lujack.  Read about how this high school valedictorian took home college football’s…

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  • Photo of Johnny Lujack

    Johnny Lujack

    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…

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  • Photo of Irish History 101: Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame’s 1st Heisman Winner

    Irish History 101: Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame’s 1st Heisman Winner

    During the 2014 off-season, UHND will be profiling all seven Notre Dame Heisman Trophy winners starting with the 1st member of the Fighting Irish to win the award, Angelo Bertelli.…

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  • Photo of Angelo Bertelli

    Angelo Bertelli

    The Heisman Trophy was first awarded in 1935 by New York’s Downtown Athletic Club as the “Downtown Athletic Club Trophy.” John Heisman, the former coach at Georgia Tech, was the athletic…

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  • Photo of Notre Dame’s 1966 National Championship

    Notre Dame’s 1966 National Championship

    1965 had ended not with a bang, but a whimper. In November, Michigan State had come into South Bend and held the Irish to -12 yards on the ground, just…

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  • Photo of Notre Dame’s 1943 National Championship

    Notre Dame’s 1943 National Championship

    Frank Leahy replaced the beloved Elmer Layden as Irish head coach in 1941. Leahy had, as a schoolboy in Winner, South Dakota, written a letter to Knute Rockne talking about…

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