clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Five old Notre Dame Football photos for a Friday — Rick Mirer

This is a last minute win

University of Pittsburgh Panthers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Rick Mirer #3, Quarterback for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish calls the play on the line of scrimmage during the NCAA Big East Conference college football game against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers on 12th October 1991 at the Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana, United States. Notre Dame won the game 42 - 7.
Photo by John Swart/Allsport/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.

It’s late — but Friday ain’t over.

Generally I leave the Holtz era fluffing to basically everyone else, so two weeks in a row of Holtz era icons is definitely out of character here. After mulling over what today would be focused on, I kept seeing flashes of the Golden Boy in my head — so LFG!

Not a condom in sight

Rick Mirer was 3-0 as a starter against the USC Trojans and never lost to them in his collegiate career.

USC v Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 26, 1991: Rick Mirer #3 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish passes during the game against the USC Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium on October 26, 1991 in South Bend, Indiana.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

That day

There’s just something about the 1992 Snow Bowl that will never EVER allow that day to die. Everything good about Notre Dame football was represented in that win over Penn State, and Mirer was the Irish quarterback.

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Rick Mirer #3, Quarterback for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish in motion as snow falls during the NCAA Independent college football game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on 14th November 1992 at the Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana, United States. Notre Dame won the game 17 - 16.
Photo by Rick Stewart/Allsport/Getty Images

Kids

When I was a kid, I saw Mirer as that older guy out there being a star. As an adult now, I look back at him as just a kid with expectations beyond measure. How can you look at this kid’s face and not have that kind of perspective?

Rick Mirer of the University of Notre Dame...

Miami

When we look back at some of the great Irish teams of the late 80s and early 90s, the 1988 Miami game gets the prime treatment — and for good reason. Still, the 1990 victory deserves more as it began a 27 year run without a loss to Miami.

University of Miami (FL) Hurricanes vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Rick Mirer #3, Quarterback for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish calls the play during the NCAA Independent college football game against the University of Miami (FL) Hurricanes on 20 October 1990 at the Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana, United States. Notre Dame won the game 29 - 20.
Photo by Rick Stewart/Allsport/Getty Images

Breaking even

Mirer was 1-1-1 as a starter against Michigan.

Coll. Football: Notre Dame #3 Rick Mirer Photo by Tom G. Lynn//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images