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.


  1. Kot3
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

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

  2. Larry Castrovinci Jr.
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    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.

  3. Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:26 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!!

  4. Rick
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 5:51 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.

  5. kris reed
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    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.

  6. Ryan Sutley
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

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

  7. Brooks Craig
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    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.

  8. Lushan Hannah
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    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…

  9. Nick Mikulicich
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

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

  10. Shaun Baus
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    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.

  11. Posted July 16, 2013 at 11:24 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!

  12. Tony P
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    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.

  13. Jonathan Lynch
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    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

  14. Tim Rash
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    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!!

  15. Chris Wardner
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 11:38 am | Permalink

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

  16. afff
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm | 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.

  17. Scott Laird
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

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

  18. Cam
    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.

  19. Ratliffs Cards
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    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.

  20. Robert Sobon
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

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

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

    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.

  22. Nate
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 9:05 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!

  23. Posted July 21, 2013 at 9:13 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)

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

    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.

  25. Jarod Dussault
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    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.

  26. gamboooler
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

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

  27. Jarod Dussault
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    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.

  28. steve chin
    Posted July 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

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

  29. Dan Shakespeare
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 1:45 am | Permalink

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

  30. Scott Reed
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    My favorite of all-time is Rocket Ismail.

  31. Tim Lindgren
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 8:55 am | Permalink

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

  32. Ian Gibbs
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    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.

  33. John Kot
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    TIm Brown the dude could catch anything!!!

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

    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.

  35. Jessica Hulet
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 9:05 am | Permalink

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

  36. brian n
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    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

  37. Tyler Senethavysouk
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    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.

  38. John Day
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Joe Montana, Chicken Soup, ’nuff said!

  39. scott d
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 10:32 am | Permalink

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

  40. Cameron M
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    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!

  41. Kevin D
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    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.

  42. Matt Biello
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    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!

  43. Jeff Vervlied
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    ken McAfee. Multi year all American.

  44. Dan
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 11:54 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.

  45. Alex Oey
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    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!

  46. Adam S
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    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?

  47. kris
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    player: joe montana
    why: joe montana

  48. katina simmons
    Posted July 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

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

  49. kris
    Posted July 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    has the winner been picked yet

  50. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 8:41 am | Permalink

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

    Thanks to all who entered.

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

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

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