College Football 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. 
list ordered by

1
1,086 183
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

2
794 160
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

3
744 162
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

4
502 177
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
387 125
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

6
497 142
Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

7
447 165
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

8
328 98
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
pmath44 added Running back

9
376 106
Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

10
293 65
Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Nicolas Pernas added Safety

11
493 167
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

12
434 157
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end

13
307 95
Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added Tight end

14
300 118
Dave Casper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver

15
208 23
Zack Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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16
270 75
Chris Zorich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

17
285 89
George Gipp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back, Halfback, Kickoff returner

18
252 95
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

19
138 12
Jaylon Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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20
340 101
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

21
335 134
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

22
292 111
Tony Rice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

23
481 200
Manti Te'o is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

24
192 75
Stephon Tuitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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25
222 74
Johnny Lujack is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

26
173 70
Todd Lyght is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

27
283 176
Brady Quinn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

28
156 77
Ross Browner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

29
146 60
Aaron Taylor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

30
153 63
Reggie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

31
176 97
Mike Golic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Billy2 added

32
132 64
Bob Crable is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

33
151 56
Angelo Bertelli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

34
144 54
Johnny Lattner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back, Halfback

35
152 62
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
End, Tight end

36
62 7
Quentin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
buddhaclaus808 added Quentin Nelson

37
127 61
John Huarte is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

38
121 65
Allen Pinkett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

39
123 68
Mike Stonebreaker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

40
107 63
Jack Snow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

41
92 56
Ken MacAfee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver

42
82 52
Elmer Layden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Fullback

43
91 62
Vagas Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

44
81 54
Tom Gatewood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

45
88 65
Jeff Faine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Center

46
71 60
Jim Seymour is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

47
79 56
Jim Crowley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back, Halfback

48
46 39
Jeff Burris is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
icoachfb added Cornerback

49
82 65
George Connor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Linebacker

50
36 12
Mike McGlinchey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
buddhaclaus808 added Mike McGlinchey