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Heisman Trophy Winners: Power Ranking Notre Dame's 7 Winners

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2011

Heisman Trophy Winners: Power Ranking Notre Dame's 7 Winners

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    When it comes to categorizing teams as those who "live in the past," Notre Dame always seems to make its way on top of that list.

    But when you go back and look at the history of Notre Dame, you get a real understanding of why this history is so rich.

    The Irish and Ohio State each had seven Heisman Trophy winners since the award was first created back in 1935. The history at Notre Dame is as rich as they come. While there aren't any Heisman finalists from Notre Dame this year, it is certainly hard to think about the award without considering how Notre Dame has been represented.

    Let's break this down and rank all seven of Notre Dame's Heisman winners.

    Bleacher Report Style!

7. John Huarte

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    Former Notre Dame quarterback John Huarte won the Heisman Trophy back in his senior season of 1964.

    Huarte passed for 2,062 yards and completed 114 of his 205 passes as he led the Irish to a 9-1 record during his Heisman season.

    Huarte became the sixth player in Notre Dame to win the prestigious award and went on to play eight seasons in the NFL.

6. Angelo Bertelli

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    Bertelli is a name that will always be remembered at Notre Dame simply because he was the team's first Heisman Trophy winner. He was rewarded college football's most prestigious award in the 1943 season.

    Bartelli completed 169-of-324 passes for 2,582 yards, but he was most known for perfecting the "T-Formation," which became a staple in the Irish's offense for years after that.

    Bertelli dominated the Heisman voting during the 1943 season with his own teammate, running back Creighton Miller, actually finishing fourth in the voting that year.

5. John Lattner

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    The 1953 Heisman Trophy winner was a two-time All American while wearing a Notre Jersey jersey.

    Lattner was as versatile as they come back in the day, playing some running back, receiver and defense. He won the Heisman Trophy award despite not leading his team in passing, rushing or receiving during the 1953 college football season. But when you look at the combined numbers he put up, you can understand why he received the award.

    Lattner rushed for over 1,700 yards, caught 39 passes, intercepted 13 passes, recovered eight fumbles and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. Oh, did I mention that he also did the punting for this team?

    Not even Charles Woodson did all that during his 1997 year. Take note Tyrann Mathieu.

4. Tim Brown

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    If you aren't a Notre Dame fan and aren't familiar with old-school college football, then Tim Brown is a breath of fresh air when it comes to Notre Dame past Heisman winners.

    Brown won the Heisman Trophy in 1987, becoming the seventh and most recent winner in the school's rich football history.

    Brown was as dynamic as they come, ranking first in school history with 5,024 all-purpose yards. The knock on Brown was always that Notre Dame wasn't winning during his time, posting a 25-21 record during his four years in a Notre Dame jersey.

    But the bottom line is that when you have the most yards in program history and could do it all like Tim Brown could on the football field, you deserve a spot on this list.

3. Paul Hornung

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    Way before Matt Barkley came along, Notre Dame quarterback Paul Hornung was known as the "golden boy" of college football.

    Hornung was named the Heisman winner in the 1956 college football season. He started his career as a fullback, but changed to quarterback and defensive back shortly after, where he had the most success.

    As a senior, he totaled over 1,300 yards of total offense and added 55 total tackles on defense. He became the first Heisman winner in history to play for a losing team, as the Irish finished a lousy 2-8 during his senior year.

2. Leon Hart

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    Leon Hart became the second lineman in history to win the Heisman Trophy when he took home the prestigious award in the 1949 college football season.

    Hart is considered by many to be the most dominant two-way lineman in college football history. The most impressive stat in his resume is that Notre Dame did not lose a single game during his four-year college career. The Irish were 36-0-2 during his time playing there.

    Hart is not only the last lineman to win a Heisman Trophy, but he is also the last college player to win the Heisman Trophy, a national title and be the top pick of the NFL Draft in the same school year.

    It's tough to argue against that impressive resume.

1. John Lujack

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    When it comes to Notre Dame greats, Johnny Lujack has to top the list.

    Lujack was the only quarterback in college football history to lead his school to three national championships.

    In addition to passing for near 3,000 yards in his time at Notre Dame, Lujack was also a standout defensive back, which also led to him winning the 1947 Heisman Trophy.

    Lujack was introduced into the College Hall of Fame in 1960, making him the youngest player ever to be introduced at the age of 35.

    Anyone who knows anything about Notre Dame football certainly knows about the magical collegiate football career of Johnny Lujack.

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