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September 22, 2013

FROM THE SIDELINES: A journey through the Irish alphabet

GOSHEN — Notre Dame’s rich football tradition features a cast of personalities who literally fill the alphabet.

Here are just a few, from A to Z:

A is for Dick Arrington, an All-American guard in 1965.

B includes Heisman Trophy winners Angelo Bertelli (1943) and Tim Brown (1987), along with Ross Browner and Luther Bradley, defensive stars on both the 1973 and 1977 national championship teams.

C is for quarterback Tom Clements and tight end Dave Casper of the 1973 national title team; and 1940s star lineman George Connor.

Dan Devine was coach of the 1977 national championship team and quarterback Frank Dancewicz was the No.1 NFL draft pick in 1946.

E is for Nick Eddy, tailback for the 1966 national champs.

F is for Vagas Ferguson of Richmond, tailback for the No. 1 team of 1977.

G is for George Gipp, superstar legend from 1918-20.

H includes Lou Holtz, 64-9-1 as coach from 1988-93 with one national title; Heisman recipients Leon Hart (1949), Paul Hornung (1956) and John Huarte (1964); and Terry Hanratty, national championship QB of 1966.

Raghib “The Rocket” Ismail (1988-90) was the most electrifying player in ND history with his running, receiving and kick returns. Should have won a Heisman.

J is for Mirko Jurkovic, All-American guard in 1991. He died of cancer earlier this year.

K is for Joe Kurth, All-American tackle in 1932.

L features Frank Leahy, 87-11-9 as coach with four national titles; Heisman winners John Lujack (1947) and John Lattner (1953).

Rick Mirer of Goshen, quarterback from 1990-92, is in the “M” crowd, along with quarterback Joe Montana and tight end Ken MacAfee of the 1977 national championship squad.

N is for Steve Niehaus, All-American defensive lineman in 1975.

O is for Coley O’Brien, backup QB who replaced the injured Hanratty to help tie Michigan State 10-10 and trounce USC 51-0, clinching the 1966 national title.

P is for Ara Parseghian, 95-17-4 as coach with two national title; defensive stars Alan Page (1966) and Walt Patulski (1972), top NFL draft choice.

Q is represented by Brady Quinn, record-setting quarterback of 2005-06.

Knutue Rockne, who brought ND and college football into national prominence, was 105-12-5 as coach with five No. 1 finishes. Tony Rice was quarterback of the 1988 national champs.

S is for late 1940s running star Emil Sitko, 1988 defensive whiz Frank Stams and 2005 receiving ace Jeff Samardzija who is now a Cubs pitcher.

T is for dynamic 1968-70 QB Joe Theismann, 1993 All-American guard Aaron Taylor and 2009 receiver Golden Tate.

U is for Joe Unis who kicked the winning extra point in the dramatic 1979 Cotton Bowl comeback win over Houston.

V is for 1952-54 standout lineman Frank Varrichione.

W is for late 1940s quarterback “Baltimore Bob” Williams and 2002 defensive back Shane Walton.

X is for 1970-72 All-American defensive lineman Greg Marx whose last name ends with that letter.

Y is for 1931 All-American center Tommy Yarr.

And, Z is for 1990 All-American defensive lineman Chris Zorich.

That roster truly wakes up the echoes.

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