Notre Dame: An Enduring Symbol

Jason Belzer | Aug. 26, 2013 | Forbes

Fans cheer at the Emerald Isle Classic at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland / Matt CashoreNotre Dame fans cheer for the Fighting Irish at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. Photo by Matt Cashore / Copyright University of Notre Dame.

It was a bitterly cold fall Saturday in New York when a small mid-western university took to the field against West Point. Their players, although skilled, were hopelessly undersized and overmatched against the much larger and better conditioned cadets. As the game got underway that afternoon, fans sat in stunned silence at the events that began to unfold.  Led by their first year head coach, the upstarts stunned the Black Knights, burying them by a score of 35-13 under an overwhelming air-raid passing attack the likes of which had never been seen before.

The date was November 1, 1913 and the victors the University of Notre Dame. In the course of just a few short hours, the Fighting Irish changed not only the course of college football, but gave genesis to one of the most iconic brands in history.

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