St. Patrick’s Day All Irish Team

QB: Joe Montana: One of the greatest Quarterbacks of all time at every level. Joe Montana is a true legend of the game.

RB: Autry Denson:  All time leading rusher for the Irish.

RB: Vagas Ferguson: Played Running Back while Joe Montana was there.

RB: Allen Pinkett: Second leading rusher of all time and the all time leader in Touchdowns.

FB: Jerome Bettis: One of the greatest Fullbacks to ever play the game.

WR: Tim Brown: Heisman winner at Wide Receiver which is rare.

WR: Raghib Ismail: Was so fast that he was nicknamed “the Rocket”. The most dangerous Wide Receiver and Return man in his time.

WR: Jeff Samardzija: Big receiver was one of the greatest of all time for the Irish and currently pitches in the Major Leagues.

WR: Golden Tate: Put up big numbers in South Bend.

TE: Dave Casper: Casper played both Offensive Tackle and Tight End in college. Peaked in NFL.

TE: Mark Bavaro: Great Tight End of New York Giant fame.

TE: Ken McAfee: There’s no way to pick just 1 or 2 Tight Ends from Notre Dame.

OT: George Connor: Way before my time but is in the NFL Hall of Fame

OT: Bill Fischer: Also way before my time, but an all time great.

OT: Andy Heck: Played under Lou Holtz and the last national championship for Notre Dame

OT: Tom Foley: All-American Tackle in 1979.

OG: Aaron Taylor: 2 time All-American in 1992 and 1993.

OG: Larry Williams: 2 time All-American at Guard and Tackle.

C: Dave Huffman:  An Irish All-American Center in 1978.

C: Tim Ruddy: All-American Center in 1993.

 

 

DE: Alan Page: Slightly before my time in college, but an all time NFL great and a Hall of Fame member in both college and the NFL. Was a terror for Minnesota Vikings.

DE: Ross Browner: 2 time All-American, also won the Outland and the Lombardi award, plus the Maxwell award as the nation’s best player. Notre Dame won 2 national titles during Browner’s time there with a win in 1973 and another in 1977.

DE: Justin Tuck: ‘The Freak’ as Justin Tuck was called by his teammates was 260 pounds and ran a 4.62 at the NFL Combine.

DE: Frank Stams:  Undersized Defensive End that made All-American in 1988 on the national championship team. Played with a lot of heart.

DE: Willie Fry: An All-American in 1976 and 1977.

DT: Chris Zorich: 3 time All-American from 1988, 1989 and 1990.

DT: Steve Niehaus:  All-American in 1974 and and the very first pick of the expansion Seattle Seahawks. Still holds the rookie sack record for Seattle with 9 1/2.

LB: Bob Crable: 3 Time All-American

LB: Monte Te’o: 2012 All-American and won the Chuck Bednarski, the Maxwell, the Butkus, Lombardi and Walter Camp award. He also finished 2nd in the Heisman Trophy race.

LB: Michael Stonebreaker: Other than Dick Butkus, is there really a better name for a Linebacker than Michael Stonebreaker? Was a 2 time All-American.

LB: Bob Golic: 2 time All-American in 1977 and 1978.

LB: Cedric Figaro: 2 time All-American

LB: Jim Lynch: An All-American in the 1965-1966 seasons.

CB: Todd Lyght: 2 time All-American in 1989 and 1990. Outstanding CB in college and NFL.

CB: Luther Bradley: Bradley was a 3 time All-American from 1975, 1976, and 1977.

DB: Bobby Taylor: An All-American in 1993 and 1994.

DB: Clarence Ellis: All-American in 1970 and 1971.

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