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A list of the best Notre Dame football players of all time. Notre Dame University's Fightin' Irish are a college football institution. Some of college football's most storied teams and greatest players of all time have played for the Golden Domers. For years, Notre Dame has lured the best football players in the land to South Bend, Ind. to play football for the school. Notre Dame's alumni are some of the most famous people to graduate from the school. The program started in 1888 and almost immediately became a national powerhouse.Those early Fightin' Irish teams had some of the school's greatest players ever, including George Gipp. A legend in Notre Dame folklore, Gipp was the school's first first team All-American player. Despite not playing football until he got to Notre Dame, Gipp led the Irish in rushing and passing each of his last three seasons 1918, 1919 and 1920. He was also the subject of head coach Knute Rockne's greatest speech when he said "Win one for the Gipper."

Over the years, Notre Dame's best players have gone onto successful NFL careers. Paul Hornung and Alan Page are both in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and longtime Raiders receiver and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown is on the cusp of being inducted as well. Raghib "Rocket" Ismail had a long, successful career in the pros after an outstanding career at Notre Dame. So who are the best Notre Dame players in the pros today? Perhaps New York GIants defensive end Justin Tuck. Though he played on some solid teams at Notre Dame, Tuck won two Super Bowls in the NFL and is one of the best players to come from the school in recent years. Recently, Manti Te'o added himself to the list of the greatest players in Notre Dame history when he finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting. 

This is the list of the best Notre Dame football players of all time. If you notice someone is missing, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think is the greatest Notre Dame Fightin' Irish football player ever. 
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448 86
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Joe Montana Quarterback

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2
353 62
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

3
320 56
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jerome Bettis Running back

4
224 59
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

5
198 69
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Joe Theismann Quarterback

6
170 56
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Alan Page Defensive tackle, Defensive end

7
154 52
Dave Casper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Dave Casper Tight end, Wide receiver

8
224 65
Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Raghib Ismail Return specialist, Wide receiver

9
181 59
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tyler Eifert Tight end

10
205 64
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Golden Tate Wide receiver

11
113 28
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
pmath44 added Ricky Watters Running back

12
165 51
Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Justin Tuck Defensive end

13
126 42
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Bob Golic Defensive tackle, Tackle

14
170 62
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Michael Floyd Wide receiver

15
134 45
George Gipp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
George Gipp Running back, Halfback, Kickoff returner

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16
135 47
Tony Rice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tony Rice Quarterback

17
112 36
Chris Zorich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Chris Zorich Defensive tackle, Tackle

18
200 78
Manti Te'o is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Manti Te'o Linebacker

19
86 29
Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added Kyle Rudolph Tight end

20
113 34
Johnny Lujack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Johnny Lujack Quarterback

21
145 41
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jeff Samardzija Wide receiver

22
75 30
Todd Lyght is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Todd Lyght Cornerback

23
49 12
Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Nicolas Pernas added Harrison Smith Safety

24
80 38
Mike Golic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Billy2 added Mike Golic

25
115 66
Brady Quinn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Brady Quinn Quarterback

26
51 24
Stephon Tuitt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added Stephon Tuitt

27
65 31
Bob Crable is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Bob Crable Linebacker

28
67 36
Ross Browner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ross Browner Defensive end

29
90 35
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Leon Hart End, Tight end

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30
65 31
Allen Pinkett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Allen Pinkett Running back

31
57 26
Mike Stonebreaker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Mike Stonebreaker Linebacker

32
66 34
John Huarte is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
John Huarte Quarterback

33
62 31
Aaron Taylor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Aaron Taylor Offensive Lineman, Guard

34
64 31
Reggie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Reggie Brooks Running back

35
76 34
Angelo Bertelli is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Angelo Bertelli Quarterback

36
69 33
Johnny Lattner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Johnny Lattner Running back, Halfback

37
47 28
Jack Snow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jack Snow Wide receiver

38
44 25
Elmer Layden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Elmer Layden Fullback

39
45 31
Jeff Faine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jeff Faine Center

40
48 36
Ryan Grant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ryan Grant Running back

41
37 31
Louis Nix III is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added Louis Nix III

42
42 32
Vagas Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Vagas Ferguson Running back

43
46 36
George Connor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
George Connor Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Linebacker

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44
37 26
Tom Gatewood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tom Gatewood Wide receiver

45
37 28
Jim Crowley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jim Crowley Running back, Halfback

46
31 31
Jim Seymour is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jim Seymour Wide receiver

47
38 29
Ken MacAfee is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ken MacAfee Tight end, Wide receiver

48
34 28
Ralph Guglielmi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ralph Guglielmi Quarterback

49
7 8
Jeff Burris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
icoachfb added Jeff Burris Cornerback

50
39 35
John Carlson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
John Carlson Tight end