The storied Notre Dame Fighting Irish played their first football game in 1887, but they were a lackluster team until the early 1900s. The team’s rise to prominence first started under the coaching of Knute Rockne between 1918-1930. During the Rockne era, the Fighting Irish posted 105 wins, 12 losses and five ties. They had five undefeated seasons and won three national championships and the 1925 Rose Bowl. Other famous Notre Dame football coaches include Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz. The Fighting Irish have won 13 National Championships and 17 Bowl games. They have the most individual Heisman Trophy winners of any team including Tim Brown, the first wide receiver to ever win the award. Notre Dame has produced more than 100 All-Americans and sent 495 players to the NFL. Fans of the Fighting Irish fill the 77,000 seat Notre Dame Stadium for games against long-time rivals USC and Michigan. Get your tickets for a Notre Dame Fighting Irish football game at StubHub.
Who are the current stars on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team?
Returning captain and quarterback Ian Book led the Fighting Irish to eight wins in the 2018 season and the team’s first appearance in the College Playoffs. He returns for 2019.
What traditions happen at a Notre Dame Fighting Irish football game?
Since 1991, all Notre Dame Fighting Irish football games have been televised by NBC. Viewers at home look on as the more than 70,000 fans and students at Notre Dame Stadium sing “The Victory March.” The team slaps the “Play Like A Champion Today” sign as they pour out of the tunnel. Between the third and fourth quarter, the band plays the “1812 Overture” and students wave K’s for Kelly, L’s for Lou and W’s for Weiss and Willingham in the air. At the end of every game, the Fighting Irish remove their helmets and salute the students.
Is there tailgating at a Notre Dame football game?
Tailgating in the parking lots surrounding Notre Dame begins at 8 a.m. on game day. Other popular spots for pre-game partying include the Burke Golf Course and the Hamees Bookstore parking lot.
Who are some famous Notre Dame football players?
Notre Dame has created many all-star pros, from Joe Montana to Golden Tate to Ragib Ismail. Rudy Ruettiger, despite only playing two plays in his career, had a story that inspired a 1993 film that is still considered to be one of the top 10 sports movies of all time. George Gipp may be the most famous Notre Dame football player. The first All American at Notre Dame, Gipp played offense, defense and special teams. He also posted a 2,341-yard rushing record that held up for 50 years. But “The Gipper” is best known for a remark he made from his deathbed his senior year. Gipp is said to have told Coach Knute Rockne to ask the Fighting Irish to “win one for the Gipper.”
What was the most memorable Notre Dame Fighting Irish football game?
The 1928 Notre Dame Army game at Yankee Stadium where Knute Rockne delivered the famous “Win one for the Gipper” speech might stand out to most people. But Notre Dame fans are more likely to point to the 1973 Sugar Bowl when the Parseghian led Irish beat the Bear Bryant led Alabama Crimson Tide 24 -23. One of the first live presentations on color TV, the game featured a touchdown pass caught by a quarterback and six lead changes.
What was the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football record last year?
The Fighting Irish posted a 12 – 1 record in the 2018 season. AP ranked the team 5th in the country, and head coach Brian Kelly was named AP Coach of the Year. Notre Dame played in the Cotton Bowl and lost to Clemson.Back to Top
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