sports The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

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

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

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

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Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Raghib Ismail Return specialist, Wide receiver

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Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Joe Theismann Quarterback

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Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Alan Page Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tyler Eifert Tight end

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Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Golden Tate Wide receiver

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Dave Casper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Dave Casper Tight end, Wide receiver

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George Gipp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
George Gipp Running back, Halfback, Kickoff returner

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Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ricky Watters Running back

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Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Justin Tuck Defensive end

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

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Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Bob Golic Defensive tackle, Tackle

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

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

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

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Johnny Lujack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Johnny Lujack Quarterback

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Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jeff Samardzija Wide receiver

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Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Kyle Rudolph Tight end

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Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Leon Hart End, Tight end

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Mike Golic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

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Todd Lyght is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Todd Lyght Cornerback

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

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Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

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Angelo Bertelli is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Angelo Bertelli Quarterback

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Bob Crable is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Bob Crable Linebacker

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Stephon Tuitt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

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John Huarte is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
John Huarte Quarterback

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Johnny Lattner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Johnny Lattner Running back, Halfback

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Aaron Taylor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Aaron Taylor Offensive Lineman, Guard

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Allen Pinkett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Allen Pinkett Running back

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Ross Browner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ross Browner Defensive end

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Mike Stonebreaker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Mike Stonebreaker Linebacker

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Reggie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Reggie Brooks Running back

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

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

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Louis Nix III is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

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Jeff Faine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jeff Faine Center

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Ryan Grant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ryan Grant Running back

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

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

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Luther Bradley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Luther Bradley Cornerback

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Jim Crowley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jim Crowley Running back, Halfback

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Jim Seymour is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jim Seymour Wide receiver

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Ken MacAfee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ken MacAfee Tight end, Wide receiver

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

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Ralph Guglielmi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ralph Guglielmi Quarterback