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
957 166
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

2
693 143
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

3
649 144
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

4
441 155
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
408 142
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

6
339 109
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

7
444 126
Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

8
435 144
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

9
287 86
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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10
377 139
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end

11
264 77
Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added Tight end

12
274 103
Dave Casper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver

13
323 97
Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

14
237 55
Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Nicolas Pernas added Safety

15
256 81
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
236 68
Chris Zorich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

17
234 85
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

18
312 87
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

19
148 16
Zack Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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20
437 178
Manti Te'o is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

21
303 122
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

22
262 98
Tony Rice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

23
89 7
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
200 67
Johnny Lujack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

25
159 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
152 63
Todd Lyght is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

27
256 151
Brady Quinn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

28
145 67
Ross Browner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

29
163 87
Mike Golic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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30
136 55
Reggie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

31
129 53
Aaron Taylor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

32
122 58
Bob Crable is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

33
140 51
Angelo Bertelli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

34
131 49
Johnny Lattner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back, Halfback

35
141 57
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
End, Tight end

36
117 55
John Huarte is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

37
115 60
Mike Stonebreaker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

38
113 59
Allen Pinkett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

39
94 57
Jack Snow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

40
83 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
76 46
Elmer Layden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Fullback

42
85 57
Jeff Faine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Center

43
83 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
65 54
Jim Seymour is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

47
40 31
Jeff Burris is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
icoachfb added Cornerback

48
77 59
George Connor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Linebacker

49
83 78
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
91 82
Ryan Grant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back