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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1
938 165
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

2
680 140
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

3
636 143
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

4
430 155
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
400 141
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

6
334 108
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

7
439 125
Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

8
282 85
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
pmath44 added Running back

9
425 144
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

10
368 138
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end

11
268 102
Dave Casper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver

12
253 76
Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added Tight end

13
314 96
Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

14
231 53
Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Nicolas Pernas added Safety

15
253 79
George Gipp is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back, Halfback, Kickoff returner

16
232 66
Chris Zorich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

17
230 84
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

18
258 96
Tony Rice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

19
428 177
Manti Te'o is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

20
294 120
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

21
307 84
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

22
138 16
Zack Martin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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23
196 66
Johnny Lujack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

24
154 67
Stephon Tuitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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25
150 62
Todd Lyght is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

26
79 6
Jaylon Smith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Mark Smith1 added Jaylon Smith Linebacker

27
252 148
Brady Quinn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

28
143 66
Ross Browner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

29
160 86
Mike Golic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Billy2 added

30
120 57
Bob Crable is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

31
134 54
Reggie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

32
127 52
Aaron Taylor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

33
138 50
Angelo Bertelli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

34
116 54
John Huarte is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

35
130 48
Johnny Lattner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back, Halfback

36
140 56
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
End, Tight end

37
115 59
Mike Stonebreaker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

38
113 58
Allen Pinkett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

39
94 56
Jack Snow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

40
76 45
Elmer Layden is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Fullback

41
83 50
Ken MacAfee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver

42
85 56
Jeff Faine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Center

43
83 54
Vagas Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

44
75 46
Tom Gatewood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

45
65 53
Jim Seymour is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

46
75 50
Jim Crowley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back, Halfback

47
38 30
Jeff Burris is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
icoachfb added Cornerback

48
77 58
George Connor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Linebacker

49
81 77
Louis Nix III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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50
90 81
Ryan Grant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back