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
1,009 174
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

2
734 147
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

3
686 148
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

4
463 162
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
362 111
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

6
423 149
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

7
462 130
Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

8
403 145
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end

9
299 91
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
pmath44 added Running back

10
459 158
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

11
343 101
Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

12
283 85
Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added Tight end

13
260 58
Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Nicolas Pernas added Safety

14
283 109
Dave Casper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver

15
175 17
Zack Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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16
248 69
Chris Zorich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

17
266 84
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
240 88
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

19
324 90
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

20
454 187
Manti Te'o is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

21
272 103
Tony Rice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

22
311 127
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

23
105 9
Jaylon Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Mark Smith1 added Jaylon Smith Linebacker

24
211 68
Johnny Lujack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

25
173 68
Stephon Tuitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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26
158 64
Todd Lyght is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

27
269 158
Brady Quinn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

28
149 69
Ross Browner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

29
167 89
Mike Golic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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30
135 53
Aaron Taylor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

31
141 56
Reggie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

32
144 51
Angelo Bertelli is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

33
125 59
Bob Crable is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

34
136 50
Johnny Lattner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back, Halfback

35
146 57
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
End, Tight end

36
119 56
John Huarte is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

37
118 60
Mike Stonebreaker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

38
114 59
Allen Pinkett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

39
99 58
Jack Snow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

40
86 51
Ken MacAfee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver

41
77 46
Elmer Layden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Fullback

42
87 57
Jeff Faine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Center

43
85 55
Vagas Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

44
75 47
Tom Gatewood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

45
75 51
Jim Crowley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back, Halfback

46
42 31
Jeff Burris is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
icoachfb added Cornerback

47
66 55
Jim Seymour is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

48
29 4
Quentin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
buddhaclaus808 added Quentin Nelson

49
78 59
George Connor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Linebacker

50
87 79
Louis Nix III is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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