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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716 137
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Joe Montana Quarterback

2
533 105
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

3
486 97
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jerome Bettis Running back

4
328 105
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

5
316 108
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Joe Theismann Quarterback

6
265 84
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
349 100
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
221 81
Dave Casper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Dave Casper Tight end, Wide receiver

9
321 106
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Golden Tate Wide receiver

10
203 58
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
pmath44 added Ricky Watters Running back

11
286 105
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tyler Eifert Tight end

12
245 77
Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Justin Tuck Defensive end

13
169 52
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

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206 63
George Gipp is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
George Gipp Running back, Halfback, Kickoff returner

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187 66
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Bob Golic Defensive tackle, Tackle

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149 34
Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Nicolas Pernas added Harrison Smith Safety

17
179 52
Chris Zorich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Chris Zorich Defensive tackle, Tackle

18
236 93
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Michael Floyd Wide receiver

19
330 135
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
202 76
Tony Rice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tony Rice Quarterback

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234 64
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jeff Samardzija Wide receiver

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158 52
Johnny Lujack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Johnny Lujack Quarterback

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121 48
Todd Lyght is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Todd Lyght Cornerback

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189 102
Brady Quinn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Brady Quinn Quarterback

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102 49
Stephon Tuitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added Stephon Tuitt

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115 53
Ross Browner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ross Browner Defensive end

27
101 44
Bob Crable is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Bob Crable Linebacker

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107 44
Reggie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Reggie Brooks Running back

The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

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120 68
Mike Golic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Billy2 added Mike Golic

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100 41
Aaron Taylor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Aaron Taylor Offensive Lineman, Guard

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125 45
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Leon Hart End, Tight end

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97 45
John Huarte is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
John Huarte Quarterback

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116 43
Angelo Bertelli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Angelo Bertelli Quarterback

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94 43
Mike Stonebreaker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Mike Stonebreaker Linebacker

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111 41
Johnny Lattner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Johnny Lattner Running back, Halfback

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92 48
Allen Pinkett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Allen Pinkett Running back

37
78 45
Jack Snow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jack Snow Wide receiver

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66 36
Elmer Layden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Elmer Layden Fullback

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69 38
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

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72 44
Jeff Faine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jeff Faine Center

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71 43
Vagas Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Vagas Ferguson Running back

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56 40
Jim Seymour is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jim Seymour Wide receiver

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61 35
Tom Gatewood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tom Gatewood Wide receiver

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42 7
Zack Martin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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70 47
George Connor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
George Connor Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Linebacker

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61 40
Jim Crowley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jim Crowley Running back, Halfback

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74 58
Ryan Grant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ryan Grant Running back

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55 39
Ralph Guglielmi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Ralph Guglielmi Quarterback

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62 58
Louis Nix III is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added Louis Nix III

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24 20
Jeff Burris is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
icoachfb added Jeff Burris Cornerback