Knute Kenneth Rockne (March 4, 1888 – March 31, 1931) was an American football player and is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history. His biography at the College Football Hall of Fame (South Bend, IN) calls him "American football's most-renowned coach. " He was a native Norwegian, and was trained as a chemist at Notre Dame. He is credited with popularizing the use of the forward pass.
Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski (November 3, 1908 – January 7, 1990) was a Canadian American football player of Polish-Ukrainian descent. He was also a successful professional wrestler, recognized as a multiple-time world heavyweight champion.
Earl Louis "Curly" Lambeau (April 9, 1898 – June 1, 1965) was founder, player, and first coach of the Green Bay Packers professional American football team. He shares the distinction with rival George Halas of the Chicago Bears of coaching his team to the most NFL championships, with 6.
Alan Cedric Page (born August 7, 1945 in Canton, Ohio) is a jurist and former professional American football player. He graduated from Canton Central Catholic High School in 1963, received his B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1967, and received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978.
Joseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, Jr. , (born June 11, 1956), nicknamed Joe Cool and Comeback Joe, is a retired and iconic American football player whose professional career in the National Football League (NFL) spanned the late 1970s through the mid-1990s. Montana started his NFL career in 1979 with the San Francisco 49ers, where he played quarterback (QB) for the next 14 seasons. He spent the 1993 and 1994 seasons, his final two years in the NFL, with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Daryle Pat Lamonica is a former American collegiate and professional football quarterback who played in the American Football League, and later in the NFL. Lamonica lettered in four sports and was an All-State Quarterback at Clovis High School in Clovis, California. Clovis High School renamed its football stadium Lamonica Stadium in 1970. After high school, he turned down a professional baseball contract with the Chicago Cubs.
Paul Vernon Hornung (born December 23, 1935 in Louisville, Kentucky) is a former professional football player, playing for the Green Bay Packers from 1957- 66. Hornung, one of the most versatile players ever to play the game, was halfback, quarterback, and placekicker. Hornung is one of the greatest all-purpose backs to ever play the game. Not only could Hornung run, he was an excellent passer, receiver, and blocker.
George "The Gipper" Gipp (February 18, 1895 – December 14, 1920) was a college football player who played for the University of Notre Dame. Gipp was selected as Notre Dame's first All-American and is Notre Dame's second consensus All-American (of 79), after Gus Dorais. Gipp played multiple positions, most notably halfback, quarterback, and punter.
Timothy Donell Brown (born July 22, 1966) is a retired American football wide receiver, who played college football for Notre Dame, where he won the Heisman Trophy, and in the National Football League (NFL). He spent sixteen years with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, during which he established himself as one of the NFL's most prolific wide receivers. His fame and success with the Raiders organization earned him the title Mr. Raider.
Jerome Abram Bettis, nicknamed "The Bus" (born February 16, 1972), is a retired American football halfback for the NFL's Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers. Bettis is considered one of the best big backs ever due to his amazing footwork and sheer power, and is currently fifth on the National Football League's all-time rushing list. Bettis weighed 250 pounds at 5'10". He retired in 2006 after a Super Bowl victory at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, his place of birth.
Frederick Cyrus "Cy" Williams (December 21, 1887 - April 23, 1974) was a Major League Baseball player for the Chicago Cubs (1912-17) and Philadelphia Phillies (1918-30). Born in Wadena, Indiana, Williams attended Notre Dame where he studied architecture and played football with the legendary Knute Rockne. His hitting prowess caught the attention of the Chicago Cubs who purchased his contract after he graduated from college.
Herbert Dorsey Levens (born May 21, 1970) is a retired American football running back in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame and later Georgia Tech. In his career, Levens also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. While playing for the Packers, he rushed for 1,000 or more yards twice and was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1997 season.
Kent Douglas Graham is a former professional American football quarterback in the National Football League. Graham played quarterback at the University of Notre Dame before transferring to Ohio State University. After his college career, Graham had a lengthy career in the NFL during which he played for the New York Giants in two separate stints, as well as starting for the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finished his career in 2002 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Anthony Lee Weaver (born July 28, 1980 in Abilene, Texas) is an American football defensive end who is currently a Chicago Bears. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Weaver played high school football for the Saratoga Springs High School Blue Streaks in Saratoga Springs, NY. He played college football at Notre Dame. Weaver has also played for the Houston Texans.
Joseph Robert "Joe" Theismann (born September 9, 1949 in New Brunswick, New Jersey) is a former Canadian and American football quarterback in the National Football League and Canadian Football League. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Theismann currently co-hosts the show Playbook on the NFL Network.
Nicholas Anthony Buoniconti (born December 15, 1940) is a former American Football League and NFL Hall of Fame middle linebacker, who played for the Boston Patriots and Miami Dolphins. Born on December 15, 1940 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Buoniconti graduated from Notre Dame, and was drafted by the American Football League's Patriots in the thirteenth round of the 1962 AFL draft.
Bryant Colby Young (born January 27, 1972 in Chicago Heights, Illinois) is a former NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers. He played the defensive tackle position. He was drafted by the 49ers in the 1st round (7th overall) in the 1994 NFL Draft. As of 2007, Young was the last remaining player on the 49ers' active roster who was a part of their Super Bowl XXIX victory over the San Diego Chargers in 1994. Young had 89.5 career sacks in his 14 year career with the 49ers.
Angelo Bortolo Bertelli (June 18, 1921 - June 26, 1999) was an American football quarterback. He played six games for Notre Dame in 1943 before leaving to join the United States Marine Corps. He was awarded the Heisman Trophy for that season. He was nicknamed the "Springfield Rifle" because he hailed from West Springfield, Massachusetts, and he was one of the early true forward passers in college football.
Stephen Taylor Beuerlein (born March 7, 1965 in Hollywood, California) is a former football quarterback who during his NFL career played for the Los Angeles Raiders (1988-89), Dallas Cowboys (1991-92), Phoenix Cardinals/Arizona Cardinals (1993-94), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995), Carolina Panthers (1996-2000) and Denver Broncos (2001-03). He attended the University of Notre Dame. Beuerlein led Anaheim, California's Servite High School to California's championship in 1982.
Richard "Ricky" James Watters (born April 7, 1969 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is a former American football running back who played for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Watters played college football at the University of Notre Dame where he played wide receiver on the school's 1988 national champion team. He also won a Super Bowl as a member of the 1994 San Francisco 49ers.