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Top 10 Notre Dame Football Books

Updated on November 6, 2015

Best Books About Notre Dame Football "The Fighting Irish"

The Fighting Irish from the University of Notre Dame are one of the most legendary College Football teams in the whole of the USA, and 2012 was their most successful season in years seeing them unbeaten until they lost heavily to Alabama in the BCS Championship Bowl.

They ended the 2014 season by winning the Music City Bowl, narrowly defeating LSU in the final seconds to win 31:28.

This world famous Catholic university is located in South Bend Indiana and has seen it's historic football team win 8 national championships (11 claimed by Notre Dame), and had the 3rd most wins in NCAA history as at the end of the 2010 college football season.

From it's beginnings in 1887, when the game was played on a muddy field in South Bend, the Notre Dame football team gained recognition, culminating in the legendary 1924 season under coach Knute Rockne when they won their first National Championship.

This page features some highly recommended books that will take you through the complete history of Notre Dame Football, with stories and the background of legendary coaches like Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz, and Notre Dame historic events such as The Four Horsemen and more.

I lived in South Bend from 1994 to 2005, and grew to love going to Notre Dame football games and participating in the whole tradition of game days on campus. Tailgating at Notre Dame on game days is an amazing experience, with hundreds of thousands of fans packing into the campus to enjoy the spectacle that is Notre Dame Football.

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Greatest Moments In Notre Dame Football History

Greatest Moments in Notre Dame Football History
Greatest Moments in Notre Dame Football History

This book is a MUST BUY for Notre Dame Football fans. The Greatest Moments In Notre Dame Football History gives you the details behind those classic Notre Dame football games that gave rise to the legendary football team that Notre Dame is today.

Read about Fighting Irish classic victories, the legend of The Four Horsemen and more.

 

The Gipper: George Gipp, Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football

The Gipper: George Gipp, Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football
The Gipper: George Gipp, Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football

George Gipp alias "The Gipper" was one of those heroes of Notre Dame Football that gave the Fighting Irish the status that they have today. It's now almost a century since George Gipp played for Notre Dame, and yet the legend lives on.

But who was George Gipp, and what made him one of the biggest names in the history of Notre Dame Football? This classic book about Notre Dame Football uncovers the secrets behind the legend.

 

101 Reasons To Love Notre Dame Football

101 Reasons to Love Notre Dame Football
101 Reasons to Love Notre Dame Football

What makes Notre Dame Football so popular?

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame are one of the most successful college football teams in the NCAA.

Learn about the history, the legends, and greatest players and coaches, and moments that gave Notre Dame the legendary status that they have today.

 

100 Things Notre Dame Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

100 Things Notre Dame Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things.Fans Should Know)
100 Things Notre Dame Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things.Fans Should Know)

This great book makes a great gift for Fighting Irish fans both young and old.

Notre Dame Football has so much history, and this book has everything any solid Notre Dame fan needs to know about the legends that gave Notre Dame the reputation that they have today.

Read about The Gipper, Knute Rockne, the legend of The Four Horsemen, Ara Parseghian, Joe Montana, the history of the Green Jerseys and more.

 

University of Notre Dame Football Vault

University of Notre Dame Football Vault (College Vault)
University of Notre Dame Football Vault (College Vault)

In this book John Heisler introduces Notre Dame fans to the history of Notre Dame Football.

From it's beginnings playing on a muddy field in South Bend in 1887, the book takes the reader on a journey through time, through the glory days of the 1920's, the era of George Gipp and Knute Rockne, the building of Notre Dame Stadium, and much more.

 

Loyal Sons: The Story of the Four Horsemen and Notre Dame Football's 1924 Champions

Loyal Sons: The Story of the Four Horsemen and Notre Dame Football's 1924 Champions
Loyal Sons: The Story of the Four Horsemen and Notre Dame Football's 1924 Champions

90 years after the event, the legendary 1924 season which led to Notre Dame winning the National Championship, is still a big part of Notre Dame football history.

This book sets the scene for this magnificent season, and readers will become absorbed in the personalities that contributed to this memorable season.

 

Then Ara Said to Joe: The Best Notre Dame Football Stories Ever Told

Then Ara Said to Joe: The Best Notre Dame Football Stories Ever Told with CD (Best Sports Stories Ever Told)
Then Ara Said to Joe: The Best Notre Dame Football Stories Ever Told with CD (Best Sports Stories Ever Told)

"Then Ara Said to Joe..." explores this entity in a way that has never been done before. This book does not merely scratch the surface, recounting the same old stories that have been repeated time and again. "Then Ara Said to Joe..." delves deep into the little-known stories and the behind-the-scenes conversations of the last 90 years of Fighting Irish football.

"We're likely to lose the first game that's been lost on our home grounds in 25 years. That's a fine story you'll be able to tell your grandchildren. You once had the honor of disgracing Notre Dame."

This classic quote from Knute Rockne to his team and many more are gathered together to make a classic collection of moments from the history of Notre Dame Football.

 

Perfect Rivals: Notre Dame, Miami, and the Battle for the Soul of College Football

Perfect Rivals: Notre Dame, Miami, and the Battle for the Soul of College Football
Perfect Rivals: Notre Dame, Miami, and the Battle for the Soul of College Football

This book begins with the horrendous 58-7 loss that Notre Dame suffered at the hands of the Miami Hurricanes in 1985 at the Orange Bowl.

Over the next six years the two teams played each other five times, with three of those games having an impact on the national championship.

The bitter rivalry between the two teams was fueled by disputed plays, fighting on the field, and the racial and religious backgrounds of the members of the two universities came to the fore when Notre Dame adopted the controversial slogan "Catholics Versus Convicts".

This great book covers this intense rivalry in detail, and it's a great read for Notre Dame fans.

 

Iron Desire: The Legacy of Notre Dame Football Coach Frank Leahy

Iron Desire: The Legacy of Notre Dame Football Coach Frank Leahy
Iron Desire: The Legacy of Notre Dame Football Coach Frank Leahy

Frank Leahy was head coach at Notre Dame from 1941 to 1953. In the 11 years that he held this post, he led Notre Dame to win four National Championships, and had the highest winning percentage of any college football coach in history.

Read the story of this legendary Notre Dame coach, from his career as a Notre Dame player under Knute Rockne, through his time as coach, and the legacy that he left behind.

 

For Notre Dame Fans Only: The New Saturday Bible

For Notre Dame Fans Only: The New Saturday Bible
For Notre Dame Fans Only: The New Saturday Bible

This is one of those books that you have to read to really know what is inside it.

The New Saturday Bible contains many stories from the history of Notre Dame Football, from alumni, players, even rivals, and according to those Notre Dame fans who have read the book, it's one of their favorites.

 

Touchdown Jesus

The mural of Christ on the south side of the Notre Dame library building, popularly known as "Touchdown Jesus", is clearly visible from the football stadium and has become an iconic feature of the Notre Dame campus.
The mural of Christ on the south side of the Notre Dame library building, popularly known as "Touchdown Jesus", is clearly visible from the football stadium and has become an iconic feature of the Notre Dame campus. | Source

Rudy: My Story

Rudy: My Story
Rudy: My Story

In this autobiography by Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, go behind the scenes to experience the heartache, triumph, and glory through Rudy's own eyes,

 

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About The Author Of This Page

Tony is a freelance writer who lives on the South Coast of England with his wife Debbie.

He has worked in the IT Industry all his life, and has been writing on various sites for the last 10 years, and although you might expect that he writes about technical topics, it's anything but that.

He enjoys writing about many different topics, often writing about something that grabs him impulsively at the time. Ancient History and Humor are just two diverse topics that he has a passion for, and he also likes to write about his travel experiences and to share his love of photography.

Tony has traveled extensively, both for business and leisure, and has lived in New Zealand and the USA, becoming an American Citizen before returning to his native England.

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      Tony Payne 3 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Thanks Martie.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 3 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Nicely done!

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      Susan300 3 years ago

      I like how you made the banners! :)

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      Jawill 5 years ago

      Very nice, I enjoyed it. I'm excited about the game tonight. Go Notre Dame!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @Expat Mamasita: Thanks. With Notre Dame in the BCS Championships this season, these books are selling like hot cakes.

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      An excellent choice of Notre Dame football books.

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Great gifts for Notre Dame fans.

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      libertyloudspeak 5 years ago

      Excellent Squidoo Lens! Squidliked your lens. Found your lens while I was creating a lens about South Bend's favorite Hip Hop artist Komain. Great ND lens, family has plenty of ND pride as my mother used to work there. Thanks.

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      alexzone2020 5 years ago

      awesome lens,

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      poutine 5 years ago

      It i my youngest son favorite team, since Day 1.

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      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

      Love the lens, and Notre Dame Football. thanks for the great leans and be blessed!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I have actually never read any of the books about Notre Dame football which is actually hard to believe since Notre Dame is my favorite football team ever.

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      VillaDejaBlue 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      My uncle used to teach at Notre Dame, so I am a big fan.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      Hi Poddys, never heard of this football club, but that's Squidoo for you learn something new everytime

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      These look like some great Notre Dame Football Books but I will have to cheer for an ACC team for the Champs Bowl - Go Seminoles

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      NickyT LM 6 years ago

      Outstanding bit of work here about Notre Dame. My best friend has been a huge ND fan his whole life, and I think I just spotted something to get him for his next birthday. Thanks for this :)

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      Rankography 6 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. Nicely done. Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Wow, Tony! Quite a variety of good reading. Inspiring.

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      Anthony Altorenna 6 years ago from Connecticut

      My family are big Notre Dam football fans and when a friend's brother earned a spot as the team, we asked if he could get an autograph from the coach as a gift for my father. To this day, a signed and framed photo of Lou Holtz hangs in my father's study.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      You can't live in Indiana and not appreciate the Notre Dame football program. I am married, however, to a Purdue University grad. LOL While Notre Dame is appreciate, the Boilers are king!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Just hearing Notre Dame, we think "football"...they seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly!

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