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
1,223 195
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
2
882 183
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
3
844 180
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back
4
573 199
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
5
446 135
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end
6
559 159
Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver
7
504 175
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
8
429 118
Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive end
9
273 33
Zack Martin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
broof21 added
10
378 110
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
pmath44 added Running back
11
361 117
Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added Tight end
12
351 82
Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Nicolas Pernas added Safety
13
350 124
Dave Casper is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver
14
482 174
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end
15
556 183
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
16
305 85
Chris Zorich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle
17
325 100
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
201 21
Jaylon Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Mark Smith1 added Linebacker
19
376 113
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
20
374 143
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
21
278 107
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle
22
328 121
Tony Rice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
23
537 218
Manti Te'o is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
24
227 82
Stephon Tuitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added
25
254 82
Johnny Lujack is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback