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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Top 10 Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

Top 10 Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

Top 10 Notre Dame Players of All Time!
Publish Date: 08/13/2021
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa
DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 1, 1979: Joe Montana, #3 quarterback of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team throws the ball up field against the University of Houston Cougars during the 1979 Cotton Bowl Classic game at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas on January 1, 1979. The Cougars lost 34-35. (Photo by Cotton Bowl) (Photo by Cotton Bowl/Collegiate Images via Getty Images)

10) Jerome Bettis

At Notre Dame, he pounded out 33 touchdowns, the third-most in modern school history. And if the guy hadnโ€™t turned pro after his junior year, he might be the all-time leader.

Video: Classic Tailback - Jerome Bettis Notre Dame Highlights

Classic Tailback – Jerome Bettis Notre Dame Highlights

9) Joe Theismann

Theismann won 84 percent of the games his teams played (20-3-2 record) in college. Theismann is also the only Quarterback other than Joe Montana to win an NFL MVP and a Super Bowl for the Irish.

Video: Theismann, As In Heisman - 125 Years of Notre Dame Football - Moment #095

Theismann, As In Heisman – 125 Years of Notre Dame Football – Moment #095

8) Ross Browner

Browners 340 career tackles are the most for an Irish lineman. He also pulled off the rare trifecta as a Lombardi, Maxwell, and Outland Trophy winner.

Yet his greatest feat might have been this: a fifth-place finish in the 1977 Heisman Trophy race, almost unheard of for someone at his side of the ball.

Video: Ross Browner 1976 Outland Trophy Winner

Ross Browner 1976 Outland Trophy Winner

7) Tim Brown

One of the most explosive players in College Football as “Touchdown Timmy” made the endzone seem like his second home. Brown won the Heisman in 1987.

Video: 1987 Tim Brown Heisman season highlights

1987 Tim Brown Heisman season highlights

6) Alan Page

Page was a huge contributor to the 1966 National Championship team that allowed only 24 points over their last 9 games. You could double to triple-team Page. It did not matter. He would still make the play.

Video: Exclusive: Justice Alan Page

Exclusive: Justice Alan Page

5) Johnny Lujack

Lujack won the Heisman Trophy and led the Fighting Irish to three National Championships.

Video: The Adventures of Johnny Lujack

The Adventures of Johnny Lujack

4) Joe Montana

Montana’s stats were not amazing as he threw as many TD passes as interceptions, 25 of each. But he led the Irish to a National Title in 1977 and won the 1979 Cotton Bowl or “the chicken-soup game.”

Video: Joe Montana, Notre Dame's 1979 Cotton Bowl comeback fueled by chicken soup | College GameDay

Joe Montana, Notre Dame’s 1979 Cotton Bowl comeback fueled by chicken soup | College GameDay

3) Leon Hart

Why is Hart so high on this list? The 1949 Heisman and Maxwell Trophy winner was the best player in the country with the greatest team in Notre Dame history.

And this: In his four seasons as the BMOC, the Irish compiled a 36-0-2 record and captured three national titles.

Video: #17 USC vs. #1 Notre Dame - 1949

#17 USC vs. #1 Notre Dame – 1949

2) George Conner

The first-ever Outland Trophy winner remains the consensus pick as the best lineman in Irish history. He played in 18 games at Notre Dame and never trailed in any of them!

Video: George Conner football interview, 1968

George Conner football interview, 1968

1) Paul Hornung

Hornung was a do-it athlete who was so good he won the Heisman on a below .500 team. Hell,ย  he was an All-America. Heisman Trophy winner. NFL Most Valuable Player. NFL champion (five times). Halls of Fame (yeah, all three of them โ€” high school included).

Video: @NDFootball | Paul Horning (11.13.20)

@NDFootball | Paul Horning (11.13.20)

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