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
881 160
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

2
646 129
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

3
597 131
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

4
406 137
Joe Theismann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
386 130
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

6
323 100
Alan Page is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end

7
422 118
Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

8
267 78
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
pmath44 added Running back

9
348 129
Tyler Eifert is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end

10
396 137
Golden Tate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

11
256 98
Dave Casper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver

12
301 88
Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

13
231 70
Kyle Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added Tight end

14
213 48
Harrison Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Nicolas Pernas added Safety

15
241 74
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
220 80
Bob Golic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

17
216 63
Chris Zorich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

18
405 165
Manti Te'o is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

19
243 90
Tony Rice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

20
276 115
Michael Floyd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

21
286 80
Jeff Samardzija is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

22
56 2
Jaylon Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Mark Smith1 added Jaylon Smith Linebacker

23
185 61
Johnny Lujack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

24
113 11
Zack Martin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
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25
141 59
Stephon Tuitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added

26
140 59
Todd Lyght is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

27
239 137
Brady Quinn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

28
137 61
Ross Browner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

29
116 52
Bob Crable is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

30
153 82
Mike Golic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Billy2 added

31
127 49
Reggie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

32
121 47
Aaron Taylor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

33
111 50
John Huarte is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

34
112 51
Mike Stonebreaker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

35
130 48
Angelo Bertelli is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

36
124 46
Johnny Lattner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back, Halfback

37
135 53
Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
End, Tight end

38
108 54
Allen Pinkett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

39
90 52
Jack Snow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

40
80 50
Vagas Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back

41
71 42
Elmer Layden is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Fullback

42
63 47
Jim Seymour is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

43
77 46
Ken MacAfee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver

44
79 51
Jeff Faine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Center

45
70 42
Tom Gatewood is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

46
70 47
Jim Crowley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back, Halfback

47
73 54
George Connor is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman, Linebacker

48
75 68
Louis Nix III is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Jaxmc51 added

49
32 25
Jeff Burris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
icoachfb added Cornerback

50
87 72
Ryan Grant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time
Running back