Notre Dame Athletics | May 2, 2019
Since the National Football League began drafting players in 1936 — starting with the initial draft on Feb. 8, 1936, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia — Notre Dame football players have been selected by NFL teams on 504 occasions. The total rises to 565 selections to the professional ranks when you include the AFL (37) and AAFC (24) drafts.
- Notre Dame's 504 players drafted is the second-most of any school. USC is tops on the list with 506.
- No school has been more consistent in terms of supplying players to the NFL. Notre Dame has had a player selected in 83 of the 84 NFL Drafts (only miss was in 1937; *1977 Notre Dame had a supplemental draft pick). Ohio State has also had a player chosen in 83 of 84 NFL Drafts.
- With Texas failing to have a player selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, Notre Dame has the longest streak of at least one player drafted at 81 straight years (when including the NFL supplemental draft)
- Sixty-nine Notre Dame players have been selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Only Ohio State (83) and USC (81) have had more.
- Notre Dame had a school record four players chosen in the first round of the 1946 and 1993 drafts, respectively.
- The Irish have had five players (tied with USC for the most) chosen as the first pick in the entire draft--QB Angelo Bertelli by Boston in 1944, QB Frank Dancewicz by Boston in 1946, E Leon Hart by Detroit in 1950, B Paul Hornung by Green Bay in 1957 and DT Walt Patulski by Buffalo in 1972.
- In 1936, Bill Shakespeare was not only the first Notre Dame player drafted into the NFL but also the program's inaugural first-round selection (third overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers).
- Among the top-six schools for all-time NFL Draft picks, Notre Dame has the second-most first-round selections since 2010 with nine. Ohio State has 13.
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