Gatewood is the first Irish player elected to the College Football Hall of Fame since tight end Dave Casper (1971-73) was chosen in 2012. Casper is one of five former Notre Dame players who also are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The others are end Wayne Millner (1933-35), tackle George Connor (1946-47), quarterback/halfback Paul Hornung (1954-56), and defensive end Alan Page (1964-66).
Here is a rundown of Notre Dame recipients broken down by the era in which they played for the Irish.
• FB-Louis “Red” Salmon (1900-03): Elected 1971 – Notre Dame’s first Hall-of-Fame performer, earning third-team honors from Walter Camp in 1903. Served as captain of the ’03 team and head coach of the ’04 squad.
• FB-Ray Eichenlaub (1911-14): Elected 1972 – Known as “Iron Eich.” The story goes that Knute Rockne talked George Gipp into going out for football by giving Gipp the shoes worn by Eichenlaub, who was a Notre Dame teammate of Rockne’s. Scored 176 points in his career, including 12 TDs in 1913.
THE ROCKNE ERA
• HB-George Gipp (1917-20): Elected 1951 – Nearly a century after his playing days, he’s still one of the most recognizable names in Notre Dame football history. Led the Irish in rushing three straight seasons, including 827 yards in 1920, which remained a Notre Dame record for 10 years. Known through the years by Rockne’s “Win One for the Gipper” speech, Gipp – played by Ronald Reagan – was a centerpiece character in the movie, “Knute Rockne, All-American.”
• OG-Heartley “Hunk” Anderson (1918-21): Elected 1974 – A member of Rockne’s first four teams at Notre Dame, which went 28-1 over a three-year span. Succeeded Rockne as head coach following Rockne’s untimely death. Was 16-9-2 in three seasons as head coach.
• FB-Elmer Layden (1922-24): Elected 1951 – “Death” of Four Horsemen lore. Helped lead the Irish to a 27-2-1 record, including the 1924 national championship – Notre Dame’s first. Succeeded Heartley “Hunk” Anderson as head coach of the Irish in 1934. Fashioned a 47-13-3 record in seven seasons.
• QB-Harry Stuhldreher (1922-24): Elected 1958 – “Famine” of Four Horsemen lore and the quarterback in the quartet. Went on to coach at Villanova and Wisconsin for a total of 24 seasons with a 110-87-15 record.
• OT-Edgar “Rip” Miller (1922-24): Elected 1966 – Key member of the “Seven Mules” line that blocked for the Four Horsemen. Spent three seasons as Navy’s head coach (1931-33) with a 12-15-2 record. Was assistant athletic director at Navy from 1948-74.
• HB-Jim Crowley (1922-24): Elected 1966 – “Destruction” of Four Horsemen lore. Unanimous, consensus All-American in 1924. Led the Irish in rushing in 1922. Spent more than two decades in coaching, leading Michigan State to a 22-8-4 record in four seasons. Went on to coach the “Seven Blocks of Granite” at Fordham. As head coach at Fordham, he fashioned a 56-13-7 record.
• C-Adam Walsh (1922-24): Elected 1968 – One of two “Seven Mules” to be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, along with Edgar “Rip” Miller. Spent more than two decades in coaching, including four years as the head coach at Santa Clara.
• HB-Don Miller (1922-24): Elected 1970 – “Pestilence” of Four Horsemen lore. Led the Irish in rushing and receiving in 1923-24. One of four Miller brothers to play for the Irish, including Red Miller, captain of the 1909 squad. Coached at Georgia Tech for four seasons.
• OG-John “Clipper” Smith (1925-27): Elected 1975 – Consensus All-American in 1927. Head coach at North Carolina State and Duquesne, where he combined for a 28-24-5 record.
• T-Fred Miller (1926-28): Elected 1985 – Three-year starter and captain of the 1928 squad. Graduated cum laude with the highest grade-point average of any monogram athlete at Notre Dame at the time. Grandson of the founder of Miller Brewing Company.
• G-Jack Cannon (1927-29): Elected 1965 – Consensus All-American in 1929. Threw key block on Jack Elder’s 96-yard game-winning run to defeat Army in Yankee Stadium in 1929. Called the best guard in Notre Dame history by Grantland Rice.
• QB-Frank Carideo (1928-30): Elected 1954 – Two-time consensus, unanimous All-American. Quarterback of Notre Dame’s undefeated, back-to-back national champions in 1929-30. Head coach at Missouri for three seasons in the ‘30s.
• OG-Bert Metzger (1928-30): Elected 1982 – Right guard for 1930 Irish, who went 10-0 with all but two victories by double digits. Helped Irish out-score their opponents 410-112. Spent one season as offensive line coach at Catholic University.
• HB-Marchy Schwartz (1929-31): Elected 1974 – A two-time consensus All-American. Led the Irish in rushing, passing and scoring in 1930-31. Second to George Gipp on Notre Dame’s all-time rushing chart upon his graduation. Rushed for 1,945 yards and 16 TDs. Had a 47-50-6 record as an 11-year head coach at Creighton and Stanford.
• C-Tommy Yarr (1929-31): Elected 1987 – Captain of Notre Dame’s 1931 squad. Played professionally for the Chicago Cardinals and coached at Carroll College.
• OG-Frank “Nordy” Hoffmann (1930-31): Elected 1978 – Didn’t play football in high school. Knute Rockne recruited the 6-foot-2, 224-pounder shortly after Hoffmann’s arrival from his hometown of Seattle. From 1975-81, served as Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate.
THE ANDERSON/LAYDEN ERA
• HB-Bill Shakespeare (1933-35): Elected 1983 – Led the Irish in rushing in 1935. Threw winning touchdown pass as time expired in Notre Dame’s 18-13 victory at Ohio State. No. 3 overall pick by Pittsburgh in the first-ever NFL draft in 1936. Because of his literary namesake, earned the catchy nickname, “The Merchant of Menace.”
• E-Wayne Millner (1933-35): Elected 1990 – A consensus, unanimous All-American in 1935. Blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown to defeat Army in Yankee Stadium, 13-12. Scored two late touchdowns – including the game-winning pass from Bill Shakespeare – to help Notre Dame overcome a 13-0 deficit to defeat Ohio State, 18-13.
THE LEAHY ERA
• E-Bob Dove (1940-42): Elected 2000 – A two-time consensus All-American. Caught 15 passes as a freshman from future Heisman Trophy winner Angelo Bertelli. A college assistant coach for three-and-a-half decades, including a late stint under Jim Tressel at Youngstown State.
• QB-Angelo Bertelli (1941-43): Elected 1972 – Winner of the 1943 Heisman Trophy, Notre Dame’s first, and a consensus, unanimous All-American. Threw for more than 2,500 yards and 28 TDs. No. 1 pick by Boston in the 1944 draft.
• HB-Creighton Miller (1941-43): Elected 1976 – Set a Notre Dame record for rushing yards in a season with 911 and nine TDs. Those 911 yards led the nation. Helped found the NFL Players Association.
• QB-John Lujack (1943, 1946-47): Elected 1960 – Winner of the 1947 Heisman Trophy and a two-time consensus All-American. Passed for more than 2,000 yards with 19 TDs. Helped lead the Irish to three national titles. Finished third in the Heisman voting as a junior.
• OT-George Connor (1946-47): Elected 1963 – Winner of the inaugural Outland Trophy, given to the outstanding interior lineman, and a two-time consensus All-American. The No. 5 overall pick by the New York Giants in 1946 – one of four Irish players among the first 10 selections. College and NFL Hall-of-Famer.
• OT-Zygmont “Ziggy” Czarobski (1942-43, 1946-47): Elected 1977 – One of the most popular players among his peers at Notre Dame. A standout tackle with two stints at Notre Dame wrapped around military service. A seventh-round draft pick by the Chicago Cardinals.
• OG-Bill “Moose” Fischer (1945-48): Elected 1983 – Winner of the 1948 Outland Trophy, Notre Dame’s second in three years. A two-time consensus All-American. MVP of the 1949 College All-Star Game and assistant coach at Notre Dame from 1954-58.
• E-Leon Hart (1946-49): Elected 1973 – One of just two “linemen” to win the Heisman Trophy (1949), along with Yale’s Larry Kelley. Also Notre Dame’s first winner of the Maxwell Award (the nation’s top player) in 1949. A two-time consensus All-American. Played the hybrid “end” position, catching 49 passes for 751 yards and 13 TDs. The No. 1 overall pick by Detroit in the 1950 NFL draft.
• HB-Emil “Red” Sitko (1946-49): Elected 1984 – A two-time consensus All-American who led the Irish in rushing four straight seasons – the only Irish player to do so. Rushed for 2,226 yards and 25 TDs. The No. 10 overall pick by the Los Angeles Rams and one of four Irish players chosen among the first 10 picks in 1946.
• E/T-Jim Martin (1946-49): Elected 1995 – Integral part of three national championships at Notre Dame. Went on to play 14 seasons, mainly with Detroit, where he was a Pro Bowl selection in 1961.
• QB-Bob Williams (1948-50): Elected 1988 – A consensus, unanimous All-American in 1949. Became just the second Notre Dame quarterback (after Angelo Bertelli) to pass for more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons, including a then-Notre Dame record 1,374 yards and 16 TDs in ’49.
• C/LB-Jerry Groom (1948-50): Elected 1994 – A consensus, unanimous All-American in 1950 as well as captain of the Irish. Starting linebacker on the 1949 national championship squad. No. 6 overall pick by the Chicago Cardinals in 1951.
• HB-John Lattner (1951-53): Elected 1979 – Winner of the 1953 Heisman Trophy, Notre Dame’s fourth in an 11-season span. A two-time consensus, unanimous All-American. Claimed back-to-back Maxwell Awards in 1952-53 as the nation’s top player. Passed for 1,724 yards and 20 TDs. Caught 39 passes for 613 yards and intercepted 13 passes. No. 7 overall pick by Pittsburgh in 1954 NFL draft.
• QB-Ralph Guglielmi (1951-54): Elected 2001 – A consensus, unanimous All-American in 1954. Threw for more than 3,000 yards at Notre Dame and became the first Irish quarterback to lead the team in passing three years in a row since George Gipp in 1918-20. No. 3 overall pick by Washington in the 1955 NFL draft.
THE BRENNAN ERA
• QB-Paul Hornung (1954-56): Elected 1985 – Winner of the 1956 Heisman Trophy. Passed for nearly 1,700 yards and rushed for more than 1,000 in his career. Return specialist and kicker as well. No. 1 overall pick by Green Bay in the 1957 NFL draft and eventual Pro Football Hall-of-Fame selection. The “Golden Boy” was a complete, all-around star.
THE PARSEGHIAN ERA
• QB-John Huarte (1962-64): Elected 2005 – Winner of the 1964 Heisman Trophy, Notre Dame’s sixth in a span of 22 seasons. Set a Notre Dame record with 2,062 yards passing and 16 TDs in ’64. A sixth-round draft pick in the NFL and second-round choice by the AFL in 1965.
• LB-Jim Lynch (1964-66): Elected 1992 – Captain of Notre Dame’s 1966 national championship squad and two-time leader in tackles with 108 in ’65 and 106 in ’66. A consensus All-American. Winner of the 1966 Maxwell Award as college football’s top player. A CoSIDA Academic All-American in ’66. Second-round draft choice by Kansas City in 1967.
• DE-Alan Page (1964-66): Elected 1993 – A consensus, unanimous All-American in 1966 and one of the most accomplished former athletes off the field in Notre Dame history. The 15th overall pick by Minnesota in the 1967 NFL draft. A nine-time Pro Bowler, one of just two defensive players to be named MVP, and a Super Bowl champion. An associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
• QB-Joe Theismann (1968-70): Elected 2004 – Record-setting Notre Dame quarterback with 2,429 yards and 16 TD passes, the former establishing an Irish mark and the latter tying John Huarte’s scoring-toss record from six years earlier. A CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1970 and a Super Bowl champion.
• WR-Thom Gatewood (1969-71): Elected 2015 – Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American (when he went by Tom). A consensus All-American in 1970. Set a Notre Dame record for receptions in a season (77) and receiving yards in a season (1,123) as a junior in 1970. Finished with a then-Notre Dame record 135 receptions for 2,283 yards and 19 TDs.
• TE-Dave Casper (1971-73): Elected 2012 – At the forefront of the advent of the tight end position as a receiving threat, mainly realized in the NFL. A consensus, unanimous All-American in ’73. Pound-for-pound, considered one of the most versatile football players in Notre Dame history.
THE DEVINE ERA
• DE-Ross Browner (1973, 1975-77): Elected 1999 – Notre Dame’s third winner of the Outland Trophy in 1976. Claimed the Lombardi Award as the nation’s top lineman/linebacker in 1977. Also tabbed as the Maxwell Award winner in ’77, which goes to college football’s top player. No. 8 overall pick by Cincinnati in the 1978 NFL draft.
• TE-Ken MacAfee (1974-77): Elected 1997 – A two-time consensus All-American. Winner of the 1977 Walter Camp Award as the nation’s outstanding college football player. No. 7 overall pick by San Francisco in the 1978 NFL draft.
THE HOLTZ ERA
• WR-Tim Brown (1984-87): Elected 2009 – Winner of the 1987 Heisman Trophy – Notre Dame’s seventh – as well as the Walter Camp Award winner as the nation’s outstanding college football player. Currently a finalist for election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
• NT-Chris Zorich (1987-90): Elected 2007 – Consensus All-American in 1989-90, including unanimous choice in ’90. Winner of the 1990 Lombardi Award, given to the top lineman or linebacker.
• Jesse Harper (1913-17): Elected 1971 – A 34-5-1 record (.863) in five seasons at Notre Dame.
• Knute Rockne (1918-30): Elected 1951 – A 105-12-5 record (.881) and three national championships in 11 seasons at Notre Dame.
• Frank Leahy (1941-43, 1946-53): Elected 1970 – An 87-11-9 record (.855) and four national championships in 11 seasons at Notre Dame.
• Ara Parseghian (1964-74): Elected 1980 – A 95-17-4 record (.836) and two national championships in 11 seasons at Notre Dame.
• Dan Devine (1975-80): Elected 1985 – A 53-16-1 record (.764) and a national championship in six seasons at Notre Dame.
• Lou Holtz (1986-96): Elected 2008 – A 100-30-2 record (.765) and a national championship in 11 seasons at Notre Dame.