Two best players you've seen in Notre Dame Stadium
by meatwhistle (2014-12-23 14:44:41)

I'll start. Rocket and Reggie Bush.

My old man says Mike Ditka and O.J.


Tim Brown and Rocket *
by PabloFanque  (2014-12-25 22:49:11)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Not counting ND guys
by ndfansinceara  (2014-12-25 22:11:18)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Tony Dorsett & Anthony Munoz...absolute studs both.


Shocked no one's mentioned Famous Amos Zereoue's performance (link)
by karmel  (2014-12-24 14:36:39)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Nehlen was ND's best coach that day. *
by cujays96  (2014-12-24 15:03:24)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Rocket and Zorich *
by jrdjr84  (2014-12-24 13:49:30)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Rocket and Ross Browner *
by EDOC  (2014-12-24 12:49:30)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Shady McCoy and Reggie Bush. Matt Ryan up there
by athlete37  (2014-12-24 12:29:33)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

And Collin Kaepernick, but we shut them out 35-0


Bryant Young and Curt Warner (that would be the RB)
by Bagimus Maximus  (2014-12-24 12:21:03)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Bryant Young was just at another level on the field, a true man amongst boys. I'll never forget the florida state game when charlie ward ran a bootleg, and only bryant young was there to greet him. He tried to put on a basketball juke and young was so quick, ward quickly realized he was toast and gave up on the play.

Curt Warner, before his knee injury, in a time when knee injuries didn't recover the way they do now, was so quick and instinctual, i believe he would have gone on to a hall of fame career in the nfl, as evidenced by his Offensive Player of the year award in his rookie season.


Billy Vessels and Johnny Lattner
by ND27-OK21 (click here to email the poster)  (2014-12-24 12:08:36)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

In 1952 the current and future Heisman winners competed in the first ND game I ever attended. Oklahoma's Billy Vessels ran for two touchdowns and caught a long pass for a third. Lattner seemed to be involved in every play, especially on defense.

On the kickoff after ND tied the game at 21, Dan Shannon hit the OK return man so hard he fumbled and ND recovered. I believe the QB on the winning touchdown drive was Tommy Cary, who handed the ball to Neil Worden about six straight times. They missed the PAT but hung on to win.

If anyone has film or memorabilia from that game I would appreciate hearing from him or her.


Agreeance. My favorite Lattner play happened around 1951.
by Irish4ever  (2014-12-24 21:49:05)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

The Irish were down 7 points late in the fourth quarter, to Iowa as I recall. Near our own 40, 4th & long. Leahy had Lattner back to punt. What the coach didn't know was in the huddle captain Jungle Jim Mutscheller called for Lattner to pass it to him. He took the responsibility and said if he didn't catch it, he'd keep on running right out of the North end of the stadium. Jim did catch it, we got the TD and the game ended in a tie.

Of course, we students liked the fake punt that worked, but loved it to death when Mutscheller spilled the beans.


Montana and Tim Brown *
by tbone  (2014-12-24 11:51:30)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


rocket and orlando pace *
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Justin Tuck and Jeff Samardzija *
by Rocket7  (2014-12-24 11:24:49)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Drew Brees and Reggie Bush. *
by miamioh_irishfan  (2014-12-24 11:16:37)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Rocket and Joe Theismann
by ndbob79  (2014-12-24 11:04:54)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I admit that most would choose Montana over Theismann. My bias is that Theismann was a "boyhood hero" for me. Rocket is the best player I have ever seen period.


Glad you mentioned Joe Theismann.
by AraStopTheSnow  (2014-12-25 11:50:15)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Joe Montana was absolutely great at Notre Dame, and his comebacks were second to none, but his even greater pro achievements have if anything inflated the well-deserved legend of his ND career.

Joe Theismann was awesome here. Hard as it is to pick, I'd choose Theismann's ND body of work over Montana's. He stepped in at midseason as a sophomore (no freshman eligibility then) for injured senior Terry Hanratty, AHEAD of excellent senior backup Coley O'Brien, and the team didn't miss a beat. In 1970, he carried an otherwise ordinary ND offense to damn near an NC season. As Ara said, "Never overlook the magic of Joe Theismann."


Ross Browner and Anthony Davis. *
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Tony Dorsett and John Lynch *
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I agree on John Lynch
by irishwest  (2014-12-24 10:40:37)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

He was a sideline to sideline tackling machine. I can't remember the specific game, but it seemed like he single handedly kept us from winning. Hated him ( yet loved his ability). Would love to have such a player on our team.. Also seem to recall Luke Kuechly also being a similar player..


Lynch - Stanford 1992
by Sorin07  (2014-12-24 14:45:23)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

We took an early 16-0 lead and then Stanford scored 33 unanswered points. Bill Walsh's first season coaching after leaving the NBC booth as the ND game color man. I sat in the first row right behind the Stanford bench and watched Lynch lead that team from the sideline and on the field. Lynch shadowed Bettis and forced a fumble on ND's first play after halftime. Lynch intercepted Rick Mirer in the end zone to spoil a long drive. He finished the game with nine tackles and a hit that fractured Lake Dawson's rib. It seemed he was all over the field - and he raised his entire team that day. I have never seen anything quite like the leadership he showed that day.


Golden Tate should be on the list
by Verde  (2014-12-24 09:07:16)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

We tend to remember players more fondly when they were on good teams. Golden Tate was as exciting to watch as Rocket, although he had a different skillset. (Better hands, tougher to tackle, but not as fast.)

Unfortunately for him, his best years were on teams that always managed to fall apart in November.


Tom Sluby and the Rocket *
by LAW83  (2014-12-24 07:13:42)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Ray Lemek and Mike Courey *
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Eric Crouch and Shane Walton. *
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Bernie Kosar, Derrick Thomas and Reggie Bush *
by NDND  (2014-12-23 23:01:06)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

ND- Tim Brown, Rocket, Bob Crable, Frank Stams


Andrew Luck. Manti Te'o.
by baloo88  (2014-12-23 22:52:54)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Luck didn't have a good game when he visited Notre Dame in 2010, but based on his whole college career, he's one of the best I've ever seen. Te'o, of course, is one of the greatest defensive players in college football history.

If we're just talking about greatest single-game performances I've seen in person at ND stadium, Denard Robinson in 2010 and Golden Tate vs. Washington in 2009 definitely top the list.


rocket and dorsett *
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Orlando Pace and Aaron Taylor. *
by Shadyirish  (2014-12-23 22:36:25)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Joe Montana, Rocket, and so many more! *
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Joe Montana and David Robinson *
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Your old man is right *
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Alan Page and the Rocket *
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Hornung/Staubach *
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Joe Montana and Jr Seau *
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Reggie Bush and Bryant Young. Then Aaron Taylor and Zorich
by NDMike2001  (2014-12-23 20:39:55)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Then Rocket, Bettis and Mike Alstott


Us: Theismann/Rice. Them: Swann/Keyshawn *
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Joe Montana and Tony Dorsett *
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Rocket & Bush. *
by Jurassic  (2014-12-23 19:59:13)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Same *
by Sdalenberg  (2014-12-24 00:40:19)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Dorsett and a bunch of players tied for second. *
by ArasEra  (2014-12-23 19:17:44)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Rocket and Tim Brown *
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Yes. *
by cujays96  (2014-12-23 21:34:16)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Bush in '05 and tie Robinson in '10 and Te'o in '12 *
by irishrock  (2014-12-23 18:42:45)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Possibly the day in 1986 when the Bears played the Bills.
by Moff  (2014-12-23 18:39:45)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I had to work the Bills' sideline rather than that of the defending Super Bowl champs. Weaseled my way over to stand next to Jim McMahon and catch the ball for him in warm ups. He uttered a different obscenity with every throw, which was pretty cool, as was the way the ball just rocketed out of his hand.

NFL Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Andre Reed, Ditka, Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, Dan Hampton, Richard Dent? Or maybe The Fridge?

Nah, Tim Brown and Rocket. Paul Hornung, if almost running into him in the end zone while running a pre-game route for fun counts.


Pretty impressive list. Was Thurman Thomas with Bills then? *
by irishhawk49  (2014-12-24 08:52:20)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Not yet. ND's Greg Bell was Buffalo RB
by Moff  (2014-12-24 22:34:29)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

We had a practice in the Stadium and Jim Kelly and Bell spoke to the team afterward


No way! You can't practice in the stadium unless artificial
by irishhawk49  (2014-12-25 12:56:33)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

turf has been installed.


Rocket, Reggie Bush & Eddie George *
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Pepe Pearson was the RB by the time they play in SB
by Athlete37  (2014-12-24 12:27:28)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Eddie George graduated after winning the Heisman in 95


Charles White and the Rocket *
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Off: Joe Montana & Rocket - Def: Bob Golic & Bob Crable *
by Jammer  (2014-12-23 17:48:16)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Opponents that most terrified me: Bush and '10 Denard *
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2 best
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Leon Hart and Tony Dorsett


Drew Stanton and Kyle Orton *
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Rudy and D-Bob. Who's the wild man now!? *
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Brent Musburger and Tom Hammond
by IrishRed  (2014-12-23 17:33:32)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Wait, did you say players or playas?


USC Song girls Summer and Autumn *
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Winner *
by meatwhistle  (2014-12-23 17:19:29)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Reggie Bush and Julius Jones *
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Matt Lovecchio & Pat Dillingham *
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Jerome Bettis and Eddie George
by SRock  (2014-12-23 16:53:40)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Eddie George looked like the Dad in a Father-Son game.


He never played in ND Stadium
by whitefieldwarrior  (2014-12-23 17:33:31)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Pepe Pearson was the RB the year in '96 when they came to The Bend.


Orlando Pace is 3rd behind Rocket and Crable *
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Bettis and Derrick Mayes
by smcchick  (2014-12-23 16:38:27)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I thought Kory Minor was pretty damn good as well.


Rocket and Tim Brown ...
by NDFANSINCE81  (2014-12-23 16:35:00)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

When they received a punt or kick, their first step would put goosebumps on your arm. Literally take your breath away when they exploded past defenders.


Roger Staubach and The Rocket *
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Jim Sanson and Clifford Jefferson *
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Bubba Smith and Paul Horning
by tb-sb  (2014-12-23 16:07:01)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

If you want 2 visiting players, Then Tony Dorsett is the second.


Them: Eric Crouch and Reggie Bush *
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Rocket and Bill Fralic from Pitt
by tanderagee  (2014-12-23 15:55:55)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Some wag jokingly picked Fralic to the NFL All Pro team when he was a Senior in High School. When Pitt played at ND in the early '80s I decided to focus on Fralic to see what the noise was about. I am not an expert on OL play, but Fralic totally dominated whoever ND put across the line from him. And he seemed to do it with ease.

Rocket was just Rocket - you held your breath every time he touched the ball.


Hands down Tony Dorsett for the opposition and Tim Brown *
by AZKARL  (2014-12-23 15:45:16)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Toss up--Cameron Dantley, G.J. Kinne, Tyler Palko *
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Glenn Foley *
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Let's not forget the Belldozer. *
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Hornung and OJ *
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OJ and Bob Griese
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Bubba Smith in the mix.


Didn't Alan Page knock Griese out of the '66 game?
by mkovac  (2014-12-23 18:11:58)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

My faulty memory has an implant of ND students taking their hankies out and waving them at Griese as he was helped off the field after Alan Page decked him.


I don't remember that
by BeijingIrish  (2014-12-24 09:23:40)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I should have included Page in my list of greats. He had a lot of hits on qb's. He hit UCLA qb Larry Zeno so hard in the '64 game that Larry's entire family went down.


Ernie Davis, Leroy Keyes, Tony Dorset * *
by oDSCHOOL  (2014-12-23 14:58:49)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Dorsett and Keyes followed by OJ Simpson *
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Joe Montana and Tim Brown spoke at the 2005 USC pep rally
by GeronimoRumplestiltskin  (2014-12-23 14:57:42)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Does that count?

If not, I'll go with the 1993 ND offensive line and Jerome Bettis.


Joe Montana and Rocket *
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