Notre Dame Football’s 25 Greatest Players of All-Time

25. Todd Lyght, Defensive Back (1987-‘90)

Perhaps Lyght doesn’t get the due he deserves in the annals of Notre Dame football greatness. A two-time All-American (’89, ’90), Lyght was a three-year starter at cornerback. He recorded 29 tackles as a freshman and was a key member of the Irish’s 1988 national championship squad. In ’89, Lyght picked off eight passes, recorded 47 tackles and was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. He finished his Irish career with 161 tackles and 11 interceptions.

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24. Aaron Taylor, Offensive Lineman (1990-’93)

Taylor might actually be a forgotten figure when it comes to the best of Notre Dame football. That’s disappointing. Because the talented offensive tackle was a two-time consensus All-American for the 1992 and 1993 seasons. In 1993, Taylor won the Lombardi Award as college football’s best lineman. He was also an Outland Trophy finalist that season. Taylor, who won a Super Bowl as a member of the 1996 Green Bay Packers, is a 2021 inductee of the College Football Hall of Fame.

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