The top ten Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive players – VIDEOS & POLL


That his high praise for the player that captained the 1966 Fighting Irish Champion squad.  In that same year Lynch was an All-American and the winner of the Maxwell award. With the Kanas City Chiefs Lynch won the super bowl in 1969. He was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

7. Bob Golic
(1975-78) LB

Bob Golic, better known these days as a radio sports host on the program “Mike and Mike” on ESPN, was a formidable defensive player in his day for the Irish.

As a member of the 1977 Notre Dame Championship team he was selected as an All-American and totaled 146 tackles. He again earned All-American honors again in 1978 and ended his Notre Dame career with an impressive 479 tackles.

His athletisicm was also displayed in his dominance of collegiate wrestling. As an NFL player Golic was selected twice as an All-Pro and three times to the Pro-Bowl.

8.Chris “Zoro” Zorich
(1987-1990) Defensive Tackle

The most current player to make the cut Zorich originally played linebacker before being shifted to defensive tackle. His ability to bench 455 pounds and run the 40 in 4.68 seconds was well suited to his new position.

During the transition Zorich sat on the bench the entire season. He excelled at defensive tackle as an All-American leading an undefeated Fighting Irish squad to the national championship. As a senior Zorich again made the All-America team and was recognized as the most dominant defense player in college football upon receiving the Lombardi trophy.

Zorich was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

9. Luther Bradley
(1973-1977) DB

The first defensive back to make the list Bradley was a standout player for the Fighting Irish.

He  anchored the backfield for two championship teams in 1973 and 1977. His quickness and skillfulness helped him register a Notre Dame career-record 17 sacks along with 153 tackles. Bradley later played three years with the USFL where he is the defunct league’s all-time interception leader.

10.Todd Lyght

Another dominant force in the backfield Lyght is widely thought of as one of the best corners in Notre Dame history.

He was a member of the 1988 chamionship team. Lyght’s distinguished career included twice being selected as an All-American, 161 tackles and 11 interceptions.  

And there you have it. The Top ten defensive players to have donned the Blue and Gold.
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