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. 

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818 154
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Joe Montana Quarterback

2
601 120
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

3
549 122
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jerome Bettis Running back

4
366 123
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Joe Theismann Quarterback

5
361 119
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

6
297 93
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
394 110
Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Raghib Ismail Return specialist, Wide receiver

8
240 66
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
pmath44 added Ricky Watters Running back

9
367 124
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Golden Tate Wide receiver

10
239 91
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

11
318 119
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tyler Eifert Tight end

12
275 84
Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Justin Tuck Defensive end

13
208 61
Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added Kyle Rudolph Tight end

14
188 43
Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Nicolas Pernas added Harrison Smith Safety

15
224 70
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

16
197 58
Chris Zorich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Chris Zorich Defensive tackle, Tackle

17
201 77
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Bob Golic Defensive tackle, Tackle

18
230 81
Tony Rice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tony Rice Quarterback

19
375 150
Manti Te'o is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Manti Te'o Linebacker

20
258 107
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Michael Floyd Wide receiver

21
264 74
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jeff Samardzija Wide receiver

22
172 59
Johnny Lujack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Johnny Lujack Quarterback

23
131 54
Todd Lyght is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Todd Lyght Cornerback

24
125 58
Stephon Tuitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added Stephon Tuitt

25
219 121
Brady Quinn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Brady Quinn Quarterback

26
130 58
Ross Browner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ross Browner Defensive end

27
111 51
Bob Crable is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Bob Crable Linebacker

28
118 49
Reggie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Reggie Brooks Running back

29
113 47
Aaron Taylor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Aaron Taylor Offensive Lineman, Guard

30
137 79
Mike Golic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Billy2 added Mike Golic

31
77 10
Zack Martin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
1522199815551 added Zack Martin

32
105 49
John Huarte is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
John Huarte Quarterback

33
125 48
Angelo Bertelli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Angelo Bertelli Quarterback

34
132 53
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Leon Hart End, Tight end

35
103 51
Mike Stonebreaker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Mike Stonebreaker Linebacker

36
120 46
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
101 54
Allen Pinkett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Allen Pinkett Running back

38
85 51
Jack Snow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jack Snow Wide receiver

39
76 44
Ken MacAfee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ken MacAfee Tight end, Wide receiver

40
22 1
Jaylon Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Mark Smith1 added Jaylon Smith Linebacker

41
69 42
Elmer Layden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Elmer Layden Fullback

42
61 46
Jim Seymour is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jim Seymour Wide receiver

43
69 41
Tom Gatewood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tom Gatewood Wide receiver

44
77 50
Vagas Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Vagas Ferguson Running back

45
77 51
Jeff Faine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jeff Faine Center

46
67 47
Jim Crowley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jim Crowley Running back, Halfback

47
73 53
George Connor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
George Connor Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Linebacker

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30 24
Jeff Burris is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
icoachfb added Jeff Burris Cornerback

49
81 70
Ryan Grant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ryan Grant Running back

50
67 67
Louis Nix III is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added Louis Nix III