Box Busters: Upper Deck University of Notre Dame football (contest)

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Watch Beckett Football’s Susan Lulgjuraj rip open a box of Upper Deck’s University of Notre Dame.

Win a sealed box! Tell us in the comments who your favorite all-time Notre Dame football player is and why. We’ll pick a winner on July 23.



The one and only Joe Montana!!! Greatest QB evaaaaaa!!!!!!

Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Permalink
Larry Castrovinci Jr.

Brady Quinn was my favorite ND player simply because i loved the way he moved in the pocket and was very chic in his passes in modern day South Bend. Him and Charlie Weiss were a great combo…until they hit the pros of course.

Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

My favorite of course, has to be Paul Hornung!! He was a versatile awesome player who broke records left and right! He was also a guy who loved to have fun, sporting Lombardi’s wrath for sneaking out after hours!!

Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

Golden Tate. He was electic with the ball in his hands his last two years at Notre Dame. He scored from any position on the field and from any distance.

Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Permalink
kris reed

lou holtz restored the program to promidence and also joe theisman. interesting story. went to Mario Lemieux golf tournament and lou holtz played 18 rounds and stayed signing autographs for 4 hours before shower. my dad teaches business management at local college upj I didn’t get the chance to get his motivatial book lou wrote signed .I gave it to joe and he gladly put it in lou’s locker which was next to him. the next day lou overnighted a signed copy of his book to my dad along with a thank you letter total class act both joe and lou are will always admire them for what they did for my dad.

Posted July 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Permalink
Ryan Sutley

My favorite Notre Dame player is Golden Tate because he now plays for the Seahawks

Posted July 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink
Brooks Craig

I have been a Irish fan for 40 years and I have more than one favorite player. To name just a few Ross Browner, Jerome Bettis, Ricky Watters and of course all the Tight Ends that came out of TEU (Tight End University). But my favorite former Fighting Irish is not a player but a coach. Most people would guess Knute Rockne, but my favorite is Lou Holtz, for many reasons.
1. He coached them to their latest National Championship.
2. He grew up in my home town, East Liverpool, Ohio.
3. My father told me many stories about Lou when they were growing up and they would play pick-up games of football and basketball, and how Lou would be the smallest guy who was also the scrappiest.
4. And finally when Lou was coaching in South Bend, a friend and I called up there and talked to his personal secretary and told her some of the stories that our parents told us and he sent a signed photo to our fathers with a personal inscription.
I have already cracked two boxes and will crack many more.

Posted July 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Permalink
Lushan Hannah

Rocket Ismail!!! He got me in to watching college football when I was in middle school in 1990 because he could return a kick for a touchdown any time he wanted to…

Posted July 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink
Nick Mikulicich

Tim Brown. Smooth and dominant. Poetry on the field.

Posted July 16, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Permalink
Shaun Baus

Not a fan myself but my buddy is a huge fan of The Fighting Irish. Probably one of his favorite players would have to be “The Shark” Jeff Samardzija as he is also a huge Cubs fan. Trying to get him more into collecting so if I were lucky enough to be picked I’d give it to him.

Posted July 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

My favorite Notre Dame player was running back Eric Pennek. Even though Eric was not in this set, he was an incredible fast running back. I should know, as I raced against him in a 1974 hundred yard dash track meet. I thought-at the time- I was a hotshot since I ran a 10 flat 100. Eric dusted me off at 9.4 as I followed his backside to the finish line. So, Eric Pennek is my favorite player!

Posted July 16, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Permalink
Tony P

Rocket Ismail without a doubt he was playing at an age when I really got into sports as a young kid. I have many memories of his play and how he could change a game in an instant.

Posted July 17, 2013 at 7:07 am | Permalink
Jonathan Lynch

Jim Lynch for me. Not just because we share a last name. Great defender against both the pass and the run. Defensive captain of the 1966 National Championship team, won the Maxwell Award and helped the Chiefs win the Super Bowl in his pro career. Truely represented what it means to be a part of Notre Dame football

Posted July 17, 2013 at 8:29 am | Permalink
Tim Rash

I too would have to go with Joe Montana even though I watched him beat the heck out of my Broncos in the super bowl as a kid !! Still one of the best if not THE best QB’s of my day!!

Posted July 17, 2013 at 10:03 am | Permalink
Chris Wardner

Tough choice between “Rudy” and Joe Montana. Rudy played in an era that made walking on almost impossible…..but Joe….dang. Not gonna choose!

Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:38 am | Permalink

As a huge Irish fan I would have to say there is to many to choose from but I will say Rocket Ismail just because he played in the CFL and I enjoyed watching him.

Posted July 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Permalink
Scott Laird

Golden Tate! Played with a reckless abandon, gave it his all on and off the field. Just exciting to watch!

Posted July 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

GOtta be Golden Tate. The guy could score from anywhere. He lit up the field. Period.

Posted July 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Permalink
Ratliffs Cards

Would be a toss up between Joe Montana and Rocket Ismail. I saw a little of Joe when I was pretty young, but saw him more as a pro. And Rocket was one of the fastest wide receivers I’ve ever seen in college, or maybe even the pros.

Posted July 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Permalink
Robert Sobon

Favorite Notre Dame player has got to be Joe Montana! Such a leader as a 49er and great QB.

Posted July 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink
Marcus Swanson

Paul Hornung is my fav of all time. He is the only man to ever win the Heisman on a losing record team and the greatest player to EVER play for Notre Dame football.

Posted July 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

My favorite Notre Dame player is Rudy..He was such an inspiration, he showed that despite size and stature, anyone can rise to greatness! Since he is a fictional depiction, I guess I will say my favorite is Manti Te’o’s girlfriend…oh wait…I guess I will just stick with Te’o himself- he found motivation and encouragement, drive and passion to win from being defrauded by his friend..Despite it all, he is still giving himself a chance to rise above the humiliation and prove himself a valuable asset to the Chargers!

Posted July 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

TE Jabari Holloway (the Bob Davie years)

Jabari was a solid TE w/ great hands and played in the NFL. More importantly, he was the first ND football player I ever got to know personally. We lived in the same dorm (Dillon Hall) and he was also an engineer like I was (he was electrical, I think – I was chemical). I admired his ability to balance the demands of football and our tough engineering curriculum. He was a heckuva nice guy, too, representing what I like to think ND football and Notre Dame itself is all about.


R LaMonica (’02)

Posted July 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Permalink
Richard Hardy

That is a great question! So many prestigious players to come from one college. I could pick Montana, Hornung, and many other greats. I will however pick the man who helped the Steelers for many years. My favorite Notre Dame player is Jerome Bettis! I watched him play since I was young, and always looked up to him. I got to see him go out on top of the world, with a super bowl! The man personified the sport of football, playing for the fun and fans, instead of the money. That is why The Bus is my favorite Notre Dame player.

Posted July 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Permalink
Jarod Dussault

My favorite player in Notre Dame history is Rudy Ruettiger. His story is so inspirational. He is my favorite because I think that he had more heart and more desire then any other football player to step foot on a field. He is truly a great, who was not given the chance to shine on the big stage.

Posted July 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

Ron Powlus… just kidding. Brady Quinn, because he helped bring respectability back to the program.

Posted July 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Permalink
Jarod Dussault

My favorite Notre Dame football player was Rudy Ruettiger. His story was so inspirational. He is my favorite because he had more heart and desire than any other player to step foot on a football field. He is truly a great, and does not get the credit that he deserves for his outstanding effort.

Posted July 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Permalink
steve chin

Joe Montana the greatest and he was not too bad with the 49ers as well.

Posted July 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Permalink
Dan Shakespeare

easy for me, Joe Montana. The guy is a living Legend!!

Posted July 22, 2013 at 1:45 am | Permalink
Scott Reed

My favorite of all-time is Rocket Ismail.

Posted July 22, 2013 at 6:38 am | Permalink
Tim Lindgren

Rocket Ismail. He was an exciting player to watch and was and still is a class act on and off the field.

Posted July 22, 2013 at 8:55 am | Permalink
Ian Gibbs

My favorite player was Ryan Grant. I loved him in college and then when he became a workhorse for my fav team the packers, it was that much cooler.

Posted July 22, 2013 at 9:01 am | Permalink
John Kot

TIm Brown the dude could catch anything!!!

Posted July 22, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink
Roland Wake

The Rocket Ismail. He was electrifying to watch. And the reason the Orange Bowl v CU was one of the greatest biwl games ever. Win or lose or block in the back.

Posted July 22, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink
Jessica Hulet

The Bus Jerome Bettis took half the team to bring him down.

Posted July 22, 2013 at 9:05 am | Permalink
brian n

Huge Irish fan. Too hard to pick just one. Old timers I love Rocky Bleir, more recently I love the Bus Jerome Bettis and even more recent Teo minus his girlfriend. Hope to win and add these to my collection

Posted July 22, 2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink
Tyler Senethavysouk

All time would be Joe Montana. Why? Cause he was simply the best. He proved himself to be a champion at Notre Dame, a champion on the NFL and as a person.

Posted July 22, 2013 at 9:09 am | Permalink
John Day

Joe Montana, Chicken Soup, ’nuff said!

Posted July 22, 2013 at 10:29 am | Permalink
scott d

Lots to choose from, but have to go with The Rocket

Posted July 22, 2013 at 10:32 am | Permalink
Cameron M

So many to choices but the one that sticks out is Rudy!!!! Such a great story, met him in person he is such a great guy!

Posted July 22, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink
Kevin D

It’s hard to pick just one. As corny as it sounds, I would have to say Rudy. His story is just so unbelievable that it’s impossible to not be inspired, regardless of whether or not you’re a Notre Dame fan.

Posted July 22, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink
Matt Biello

Chris Zorich – Toughest college player ever. All Everything National Champ. Played with a dislocated knee cap. Poor Chicago kid who used to use man hole covers as weights! One of most underrated NFL defensive tackles as well. Had three straight seasons with over 100 tackles where 50 is considered awesome.
One tough mutha!

Posted July 22, 2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink
Jeff Vervlied

ken McAfee. Multi year all American.

Posted July 22, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

Can’t believe I’m the first one to mention the name but Curly Lambeau. After Notre Dame, he goes on to establish the greatest NFL franchise, become a star player and coach, and have the NFL’s version of Yankee Stadium named after him.

Posted July 22, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink
Alex Oey

My favorite player has to be John Carlson. I had the privilage of watching him in high school and then following him at my favorite college and now with the Vikings.

But my all-time favorite Notre Dame personality is Knute Rockne. My grandmother always told my cousin and I (both huge ND fans) that we had a relative that worked at Notre Dame, but she could never remember his name. After we were both in college she tracked it down. We were a little floored to find out our great-great grandmother was a Rockne!

Posted July 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink
Adam S

Got to be JOHN LUJACK QB/DB 1942-43, 1946-47.
The only quarterback in college football history to WIN 3 NATIONAL TITLES!
Isn’t greatness measured by championships?

Posted July 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

player: joe montana
why: joe montana

Posted July 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink
katina simmons

Favorite ND player of all time is Tony Rice! Guy was a great QB Love Tim Brown too.

Posted July 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

has the winner been picked yet

Posted July 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink
Susan Lulgjuraj

The winner was Rick. Congrats. I’ve sent an email to the winner.

Thanks to all who entered.

Posted July 24, 2013 at 8:41 am | Permalink
TJ Beebe

Grew up watching rocket Ismail take kicks to the house, Brady Quinn’s last couple of years come a close second

Posted July 24, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

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