On autumn Saturdays, more than 80,000 blue-and-gold-clad fans pack the Notre Dame Stadium to enjoy one of the greatest atmospheres in college football. Gifted coaches—including Lou Holtz, Ara Parseghian, and Frank Leahy—and a steady stream of talented, hardworking players have led the Fighting Irish to an enviable record 11 national championships, seven Heisman award winners and 99 All-Americans.
Current University of Notre Dame senior athletic director John Heisler and Tim Prister have come out with a new book Always Fighting Irish: Players, Coaches, and Fans Share Their Passion for Notre Dame Football chronicling all things Notre Dame. Including personal stories from football greats, such as infamous coach Lou Holtz and Rocket Ismail, the university’s prestigious football program shines as brightly between each page like the sun bounces off the Golden Dome.
Always Fighting Irish: Players, Coaches, and Fans Share Their Passion for Notre Dame Football is the ultimate compendium of everything that is special about the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, and Fighting Irish football. From Joe Montana to Brady Quinn to George “The Gipper” Gipp, Fighting Irish greats from across the decades recall what it was like playing in South Bend. Fans relish stories about the greatest moments, games, and teams from more than a century of competition as well as recollections of the University of Notre Dame’s best hangouts, landmarks, and traditions. Highlights in this book include:
•The 100 most important moments in IN football history
•Beloved landmarks and memories from South Bend
•ND coaching legends, from Knute Rockne to Dan Devine
•The greatest players in Fighting Irish football history
Like each player or fan, each passage is different and stresses something unique. From the Friday night pep rallies, the “Notre Dame Victory March”, the “Four Horseman”, and, of course, the championship seasons, Always Fighting Irish celebrates the traditions and people that have made this team great.
About the Authors:
John Heisler is in his 35th year as a member of the University of Notre Dame athletics staff. He was named to his current post of senior associate athletics director for media and broadcast relations in 2004 after spending 16 years as sports information director. A 1976 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Heisler has written or edited eight other books on Notre Dame football—including collaborating with Lou Holtz on The New York Times bestseller The Fighting Spirit.
Tim Prister is a 1982 University of Notre Dame graduate who has been writing about Fighting Irish athletics since 1980. Prister served as editor of Blue & Gold Illustrated for 20 years and is currently the senior editor of IrishIllustrated.com.
More information on the book is available at www.triumphbook.com.