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The best Irish players to wear No.5

22 Sep 1990: Running back Rodney Culver of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs down the field during a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. Notre Dame football won the game 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport

We are only five days away from Notre Dame football. Here are are some of the the best players to ever wear No. 5 for the Irish.

If you thought that we had already ranked and listed everything possible about Notre Dame football this offseason, you were wrong. Believe me, I’m ready to write articles that actually matter and not rank everything in existence.

And I’m sure you’re ready to read real articles as well.

However, now that we are down to just five days before our beloved Fighting Irish take the field against the Michigan Wolverines to kickoff the season, it’s time to highlight some of the best Notre Dame football players to wear No. 5 through the program’s history.

Rodney Culver

Possibly one of the most talented running backs in Notre Dame history, this list would not be complete without including the late, great, Rodney Culver.

Culver was just one of a great string of Notre Dame running backs from the 1980’s. Had it not been for the greatness of Jerome Bettis, there is no doubt that Culver would be one of the first names Notre Dame fans would remember when they thought of the great Irish running backs of the past.

Culver was a part of the 1988 National Championship team as a freshman and was one of the most consistent backs Notre Dame has seen. Also worth mentioning, Rodney Culver did something in his career hardly any other player in Notre Dame history has ever done — be a lone team-captain.

Culver had a very successful career at both Notre Dame and the NFL before his tragic death in a plane crash in 1996. Mainly known as a short-yardage back, once he was near the goal-line — no one was stopping him.


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