Andy Panelli | September 26, 2016
They were really one team. Between the 1946 and 1947 football seasons, Notre Dame lost only three starters. In the debate for “best ever” in college football, Doctor Z of Sports Illustrated argued that it came down to one of those two teams.
My new documentary, The Greatest Team: Notre Dame’s Unrivaled 1946-47 Football Squads, tells the story of this postwar dynasty, featuring the players, coaches and sportswriters who were there.
The rosters included two future Heisman trophy winners, quarterback Johnny Lujack ’48 and end Leon Hart ’50. Tackle George Connor ’48 and guard Bill Fischer ’49 would each go on to win the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best lineman. In all, 11 players on those teams were named All-American. Seven are in the College Football Hall of Fame.