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Notre Dame Heisman Winners

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Notre Dame Heisman Trophy Winners

1943
Angelo Bertelli

Notre Dame Back
He made the T-Formation click for the Fighting Irish until his entry into the Marine Corps in 1943. Bertelli completed 169 of 324 passes in 26 games accounting for 2,582 yards. Twenty-nine of those completions were for touchdowns. His legerdemain with the football and capacity for the big play gripped the attention of football fans and sportswriters alike. Grant land Rice called Angelo a great passer and T-Formation magician. Those were the days when faking was what the T was all about. Frank Leahy, in his book "The T-Formation", called Angelo "The man around whom we built all our hopes and dreams when we shifted into the T in 1942. He more than lived up to our highest expectations as he led Notre Dame to their many successful years with the T." In his senior year his team averaged more than Jima and Guam. Angelo died 26 June 1999.

Angelo was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 197

1947
John Lujack

Notre Dame Back
Considered one of the greatest T-formation collegiate quarterbacks of all times. Filling in for Angelo Bertelli, who went into the Marines in 1943, he quarterbacked a 26-0 victory over the previously unbeaten Army Cadets. This star quarterback gained 2,080 yards for the Irish in three years and achieved a marvelous passing record of 144 completions out of 282 throws. His accurate arm accounted for many of Notre Dame's 24 victories while at the Golden Dome. In his three seasons at Notre Dame, 1943 and then after military service in 1946 and 1947, the Irish were National Champions. After graduation, Lujack went to the Chicago Bears and played for four years. He was named All-Pro on defense in 1948 and All-Pro on offense in 1950, and in 1949 he established a new NFL passing record of 468 yards and 6 touchdowns in one game against the Chicago Cardinals in a spectacular 52-21 victory. For two years ('52-'53) he served as Notre Dame backfield coach under Frank Leahy, coaching John Lattner, the '53 Heisman winner. In Davenport, Iowa in the summers and Indian Wells, California during the winters, enjoying his hobby of golf.

John was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1960.

1949
Leon Hart

Notre Dame End
Leon Hart was the second lineman to win the Heisman Memorial Trophy and co-captained Notre Dame's 1949 National Championship team. Considered by some experts to be the all-time All-American end. Played both offense and defense. A savage blocker, and tackler, ran the end-around play and from fullback with devastating effect. Voted on All-American teams for three of his four years, during which Notre Dame never lost a game. Received every major football award in 1949 including Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a"Bonus Choice" of the Detroit Lions in 1950. In 1951, he was voted "All-Pro" on offense and defense. In Hart's eight seasons with Detroit they won four divisional titles and three world championships. He and his beloved late wife Lois are parents of five sons and one daughter. They have fourteen grandchildren. Leon passed away September 24, 2002.

Leon was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1973.

1953
John Lattner

Notre Dame Back
Lattner scored 20 touchdowns and 120 points for the Irish. He gained 3,095 yards rushing, catching passes, returning punts and kickoffs and intercepting passes. Notre Dame lost only three times in three years. The 195-pound smack-over halfback turned in fine performances in showcase games against the top caliber teams of Oklahoma, Purdue, Southern Cal. and Iowa. Lattner won the Heisman in 1953 even though he didn't even lead the Irish in passing, rushing, receiving or scoring. If you wanted a runner, Lattner ran for 1724 yards in his career and 20 touchdowns averaging 4.9 yards per carry. He caught 39 passes for 613 yards averaging 15.7 yards per catch for his career. He also was a game-breaking kick returner. He returned 11 kicks for 366 yards and 2 TDs along with 27 punt returns for 307 yards. Lattner held the Notre Dame record for all-purpose yards until Vagas Ferguson broke it in 1979. As great an offensive weapons as Lattner was, he was also a solid defensive back picking off 13 passes for his career. He also punted. John went from Notre Dame to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he tore up his knee playing in a military game and never played in the NFL again. He then served for two years in the Air Force ('55-'57). Afterwards he took up coaching at St. Joseph High School and Denver University. In 1962, he opened a steak house in Chicago, which bore his name as well as a second restaurant, Marina City. His Heisman Trophy was always proudly on display at Lattner's Steak House. He is currently Vice-President of Sales for PAL Graphics, Inc. He has been active in fund raising for many charities and serves on the Physical Fitness Committee of the State of Illinois.

John was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1979.

1956
Paul Hornung

Notre Dame Back
The blond, 220-pound Golden Boy, despite a mediocre Notre Dame team, carried the ball 94 times his senior year for 420 yards for an average of 4.5 yards per try. He completed 59 of 111 passes for gave him a total offensive figure of 1,337 yards. The jack-of-all- trades could run, pass, and block and tackle. He was probably the greatest all-around player in Notre Dame's history and is the only Heisman winner to have played on a losing team as the Irish were the Green Bay Packers, led the NFL in scoring for three straight years and was voted MVP in 1960 and 1961. He accomplished his records despite injuries and military obligations, and it is no wonder that his coach Vince Lombardi called him "the most versatile man who ever played the game." He is a member of the National High School, the College Football and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is President of Paul Hornung Sports Showcase and Paul Hornung Enterprises, Inc., and is Vice-President of Real Estate and Investment Co.

Paul was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1985.

1964
John Huarte

Notre Dame Back
The grim-jawed side-arm passer led Notre Dame to a brilliant season of nine victories in 10 games. Although he played only five minutes as a sophomore and 45 minutes as a junior, he established nine Notre Dame records and tied another. He completed 114 of 205 passes for in his senior year. He was the sixth Notre Dame player to win the Heisman Trophy. After graduation John played ten years of pro football, eight in the NFL and two with Memphis of the WFL. He is president and owner of fourteen tile and marble distribution stores in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. His companies import marble, granite and tile for commercial and residential use. His companies import marble and granite for commercial and residential use. He is married to the former Eileen Devine of New York City and they have five children and two grandsons.

1987
Tim Brown

Notre Dame Receiver
The single attribute that sets the great football player apart from the merely good one is the ability to turn a game around on one play. More than any other college star of the 1987 season, Tim Brown of the University of Notre Dame possesses this rare talent, and it is for this reason that he was the 53rd winner of college football's most coveted individual award, The Heisman Trophy. Brown, who does everything on a football field except sell tickets, is the seventh Trophy recipient from Notre Dame, which leads all schools in Heisman winners. He catches passes, runs back punts and kickoffs, rushes when necessary, and drives any defense to distraction just by being on the field. At 6 feet and 195 pounds, Brown is not huge by football standards. But he possesses great speed, elusiveness in the open field, sure hands and a fine grasp of the strategy and tactics of what is in reality a complex game. "He is," says Lou Holtz, "the most intelligent player I've ever been around." As a measure of Brown's versatility, consider these statistics through the first nine games of the season: 32 pass receptions for 729 yards and 3 touchdowns; 29 rushes for 133 yards and a touchdown; and three touchdowns. Tim is playing for the Oakland Raiders, who selected him as their number one pick in the 1988 NFL draft.

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