Notre Dame’s Johnny Lattner in action. Lattner won the 1953 Heisman Trophy despite not even leading Notre Dame in the key statistical categories. Instead, he was simply so productive across the board — 651 rushing yards, 204 receiving yards, 321 kick return yards on just eight returns, 103 punt return yards and four interceptions — and helped lead the Fighting Irish to a 9-0-1 record and a national title. The two-time Maxwell Award winner player just one season in the NFL before injuring his knee playing a game while on military service. (AP)GALLERY: Top 10 Notre Dame Athletes of All Time

Notre Dame’s Johnny Lattner in action. Lattner won the 1953 Heisman Trophy despite not even leading Notre Dame in the key statistical categories. Instead, he was simply so productive across the board — 651 rushing yards, 204 receiving yards, 321 kick return yards on just eight returns, 103 punt return yards and four interceptions — and helped lead the Fighting Irish to a 9-0-1 record and a national title. The two-time Maxwell Award winner player just one season in the NFL before injuring his knee playing a game while on military service. (AP)

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Notre Dame is back on top. The Fighting Irish trampled Wake Forest 30-0 and jumped to No. 1 in the latest AP College Football Poll. Cierre Wood (pictured) rushed for 150 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown, on 11 carries. Losses by Oregon and Kansas State allowed Notre Dame to jump two spots to the top of the rankings. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)
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Notre Dame is back on top. The Fighting Irish trampled Wake Forest 30-0 and jumped to No. 1 in the latest AP College Football Poll. Cierre Wood (pictured) rushed for 150 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown, on 11 carries. Losses by Oregon and Kansas State allowed Notre Dame to jump two spots to the top of the rankings. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

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The Notre Dame defense stands strong after stopping a Stanford drive during the first half of Saturday’s 20-13 victory over the Cardinal. SI.com named Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o to his midseason All-American team. See who else made the cut. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)
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The Notre Dame defense stands strong after stopping a Stanford drive during the first half of Saturday’s 20-13 victory over the Cardinal. SI.com named Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o to his midseason All-American team. See who else made the cut. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

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Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana attempts a pass during the 1978 Cotton Bowl against Texas. The Fighting Irish are one of college football’s most popular teams, want to continue playing as an independent, but will that be possible in the NCAA’s proposed postseason? SI’s Andy Staples tackles this question in his latest piece.
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Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana attempts a pass during the 1978 Cotton Bowl against Texas. The Fighting Irish are one of college football’s most popular teams, want to continue playing as an independent, but will that be possible in the NCAA’s proposed postseason? SI’s Andy Staples tackles this question in his latest piece.

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