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Notre Dame v Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 24: Tight end Tyler Eifert #80 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs with the football after catching a pass during a college football game against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on September 24, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Notre Dame defeated the Pitt Panthers 15-12.
Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

Happy Friday everyone! I have access to thousands and thousands of Notre Dame Fighting Irish photos, and will never use a small fraction of those on this site. The thing is though — I want to, and I’m going to give it a solid shot as a way to bless the beginning of the weekend throughout the offseason.

With the recent chatter about tight ends (as if it ever goes away) of course we will dive into the photo album for the TE position.

LETS GOOO!

STRIKE A POSE

As an end that was also tight, Leon Hart won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award. He is one of only four players in college football history that won a national championship, a Heisman, and was the #1 pick in the NFL Draft.

Army Black Knights v Notre Dame Fighting Irish
SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 8: Leon Hart of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish catches a pass from Johnny Lujack as Hart tries to break free from the Army Black Knights defenders on November 8, 1947 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. The Fighting Irish defeated the Black Knights 27-7.
Photo by Collegiate Images via Getty Images

THE GHOST

Tight end Dave Casper was an All-American on Notre Dame’s 1973 National Championship team. In today’s game we look for tight ends to convert into offensive tackles — Dave was the other way around.

University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish
SOUTH BEND, IN - 1973: Dave Casper #88 of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish poses for a portrait at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.
Photo by Notre Dame/Collegiate Images via Getty Images

THE LEGEND

Ken MacAfee was a three time All-American and Walter Camp Award winner. He also finished 3rd in the Heisman in 1977 — a national championship year for the Irish. MacAfee’s name continues to be littered across the Notre Dame record books.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish v Pittsburgh Panthers
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 10: Tight end Ken MacAfee #81 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks on from the field during a college football game against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers at Pitt Stadium on September 10, 1977 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Notre Dame defeated Pitt 19-9.
Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

A NEW ERA

For me, the beginning of the modern era of Notre Dame tight ends starts with Mark Bavaro, and for several decades it will seem like the Irish have these amazing tight ends — but the ball never gets thrown to them. Bavaro’s legacy was sealed with the New York Giants despite still being an All-American in 1984.

Mark Bavaro - Notre Dame

FIRST ROUND TALENT

Derek Brown played for Lou Holtz while at Notre Dame — which meant there weren’t a lot of passes thrown his way. In his final two years in South Bend, Brown caught just 37 passes for 545 yards and 5 touchdowns. It was good enough to be selected as the #14 overall pick in the NFL Draft by the New York Giants.

Derek Brown - Notre Dame

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