College Football may just be a more popular sport to watch on television then its sibling rival NFL Football. And it also boasts a significant history, but of all the college teams that have lent itself to that history, there is one team whose history towers above all others. That College is The University of Notre Dame, and its football team has a very historic pedigree, and its name is the Fighting Irish.
The history of the Fighting Irish football team dates all the way back to the year 1887, when the team had its first game and would also suffer its first defeat against Michigan State. The team would realize its first win a year later in 1888, against Harvard’s football team. All in all, before the beginning of the 20th century Notre Dame had a record that included 31 wins, 15 losses and 4 ties. This was accomplished between 1887 to the end of the year 1899. This was just the beginning of what was to come for the Fighting Irish.
As Notre Dame and its football team entered the 20th century, college football’s popularity was on the rise. The introduction of the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS) brought a consistent approach to the way college football was to be played. Eventually the IAAUS became known as the NCAA in the year 1910. During this time, Notre Dame would continue to improve its winning efforts on the gridiron field by again defeating Michigan. It is interesting that after their second defeat at the hands of Notre Dame, Michigan doggedly refused to play against the Fighting Irish and would not actually face them again for 33 years.
By the end of the college football season of 1912, they would be a dominating force in college football, and would rack up a season of wins. Their record for that year included 108 wins, 31 losses and 13 ties to end their season. Notre Dame’s history includes a long line of inspiring head football coaches. Some of the names of these coaches include the names of Knute Rockne, who’s story of player George Gipp, who was nicknamed “the Gipper” brought about the phrase “win one for the gipper” in a halftime speech to his team when they needed to hear something that would bolster their spirit and bring about the defeat of an Army football team that up until that point had an undefeated season. Other names include Frank Leahy, Dan Devine, Lou Holtz and probably one of the most memorable names Ara Parseghian.
Parseghian, would have a walk on player named Daniel Ruettiger, w